Georgia State University

25 Park Place, Suite 605, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, United States of America


We carry out research activities covering the range from constituents of matter at the subatomic and nuclear levels to the formation and evolution of active galaxies. Our CHARA Array is the largest optical/IR interferometer in the world.

Georgia State University is a large urban research university in downtown Atlanta and classified as a minority-majority institution. The Department of Physics and Astronomy has separate Ph.D. programs in Astronomy and Physics, and offers an M.S. in Physics with an option for a Concentration in Astronomy. Training graduate students to become creative and independent scientists and teachers in a diverse environment is a major focus of our department. Several of our graduate students have recently won national fellowships. We provide a supportive atmosphere and encourage applications from underrepresented groups in physics and astronomy.

Program Requirements

M.S. students must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours of course work. M.S. students must either complete an acceptable thesis or complete 6 additional hours of course work.

The Ph.D. degrees each require a minimum of 71 semester hours (beyond the B.S.). Students must complete and defend an acceptable dissertation in physics or astronomy. Qualifying exams are also required.
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

The Department is fostering a friendly and supportive environment. All admitted PhD students are guaranteed a tuition waiver and minimum stipend if they maintain good academic standing, and students need not worry about securing funding for themselves. Student are not required to identify their formal advisors until their second year, and are allowed to change their advisor if desired. Most students attend weekly group meetings with their advisors and fellow advisees. The department has three organized student support groups: the Physics Graduate Student Association (PGSA), Women in Physics, and AstroPal. All have regular meetings and organize various social events.