The Pennsylvania State University is a multi-campus, land-grant, public research university that educates students from around the world and supports individuals and communities through integrated programs of teaching, research, and service.

Graduate instruction and research opportunities are available in:

atomic and molecular physics
laser physics
experimental and theoretical condensed matter and materials physics
surface physics
low-temperature physics
statistical physics
nuclear physics
experimental and theoretical particle physics
quantum field theory
general relativity
cosmology and relativistic astrophysics, and quantum gravity.

Work in some areas is conducted in cooperation with the Materials Research Institute, the Applied Research Laboratory, and other interdisciplinary research facilities.

Program Requirements

Bachelor's degree requirements:
Bachelor's degree in Physics or a related field is required.
Minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.0
GRE Requirements: Not Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

The Penn State Physics Department fosters collegial engagement amongst faculty, postdocs, and graduate/undergraduate students at venues such as the weekly pre-colloquium coffee social, several social receptions that accompany distinguished speaker events, the annual welcome picnic for the incoming class in the fall, and a holiday party before the winter break. Other activities for students include the Physics Graduate Student Association, the Physics and Astronomy for Women group, the Penn State chapter of the Society of Physics Students, outreach volunteer activities of the Center for Nanoscale Science during Arts Fest, and Parents Weekend.