Georgia Institute of Technology

837 State Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30332, United States of America


The graduate curriculum in the School of Physics provides the background and training needed to conduct and complete high quality, world-recognized research.

Top Ten Reasons To Pursue Your Physics PhD at Georgia Tech

1. Our faculty is young (25% under 40) and diverse (17% female)

2. Women have comprised over 30% of the incoming graduate student class in the past two years.

3. You can study traditional subjects like condensed matter physics, atomic physics, astrophysics, optics, mathematical physics & general relativity

4. You can study less traditional subjects like biophysics, non-linear dynamics, soft matter physics, quantum information, experimental particle astrophysics & physics education research

5. You can pursue your PhD with professors in several of our top-ten ranked engineering departments

6. You live in warm, sunny, and cosmopolitan Atlanta

7. You start research in your second semester

8. Our faculty is well recognized (ranked 28th according to US News)

9. You do not need to submit a Physics GRE score and there is no Qualifying Exam.

10. You do not pay tuition and we pay you a salary of $27,060.

Program Requirements

Thirty semester hours are required. Thesis is optional; 2.7 GPA is required. One-year residency required. No language requirement.

The number of credit hours is not stipulated except 9 hours in minor with 3.0 GPA required. One-year residency required. No qualifying examination. Thesis and thesis proposal examinations are required.
GRE Requirements: Not Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

The School of Physics has departmental tea & cookies at 2:30pm Monday-Thursday. There are weekly Physics colloquia on Mondays and 2-3 additional seminars every week during the school year. In addition, the School is active in outreach by hosting several public lectures each year on campus, as well as monthly public observing nights using the School's rooftop telescope. Many graduate students coordinate activities and booths each March for the 2-week long Atlanta Science Festival.

The graduate students run the Graduate Association of Physicists (GAP), a student group dedicated to mentoring, supporting and advocating for physics graduate students. In addition, all physics graduate students can participate in the Society for Women in Physics (SWiP). Both these organizations host social events, coffee hours, and are essential resources for all students in the department.