New York City is one of the world’s most energetic centers of frontline physics research.

The Graduate Center (https://www.gc.cuny.edu/home) of the City University of New York (CUNY), located across the Empire State building in the heart of midtown Manhattan, is an integral part of this active community, represented by faculty from various colleges within the University. As a doctoral student in our Ph.D. Program in Physics you will begin your scientific career in this inspiring environment.

Our Ph.D. Program in Physics (https://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Doctoral-Programs/Physics) is designed to prepare you for a career at the forefront of experimental, theoretical, and computational research in physics. Moreover, in our increasingly interdisciplinary world, many fields seek physicists for their quantitative expertise and creative problem solving skills. Our program provides broad interdisciplinary courses and research opportunities that will prepare you for diverse career options in the life sciences, information technology, media and policy, and even finance and business.

With over 100 research-active faculty working in almost all fields of physics, we are one of the largest physics graduate programs in the United States. The CUNY Ph.D. Program is comprised of eight member colleges, which boast several renowned theoretical research groups and world-class experimental facilities. Our faculty are also well funded, with CUNY physics departments drawing over $15 million in grants in 2019. The multi-billion dollar Advanced Science Research Center (https://asrc.gc.cuny.edu/), under the auspices of the CUNY Graduate Center, houses the most advanced experimental and fabrication research facilities in the northeastern United States.

In addition to the extensive resources within CUNY, the Graduate Center has close associations with Brookhaven National Laboratory, the American Museum of Natural History, the Centers for Computational Astrophysics and Computational Quantum Physics at the Flatiron Institute, several New York area medical research centers, and other major New York universities.

The Ph.D. program consists of a full curriculum of graduate coursework, with a rigorous foundation in the fundamentals of modern physics and a broad selection of specialty electives. However, research is the focus of our program, and during your first year of coursework you will interact with multiple research groups. This experience will provide you with the insights needed to select the right dissertation topic and advisor as you enter the intensive research phase of your Ph.D. in years two through five (https://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Doctoral-Programs/Physics/Path-to-Degree).

Acceptance into the Ph.D. Program in Physics comes with 5 years of full support, regardless of citizenship, on a CUNY Science Scholarship — including a competitive financial aid package of at least $30,000 per year, full tuition waiver, affordable individual and family health-care insurance, and family leave benefits. An on-campus child care center is available, at a reasonable fee, to children of matriculated students.

Program Requirements

Bachelor's degree requirements:
GRE Requirements: Not Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

The Physics program attracts students from throughout the United States and around the world.

University administrators and faculty offers a supportive and nourishing environment to its students.

Students organize "happy hours" and talks with support from student government and the Physics program.

Students are encouraged to attend weekly talks at the 9 senior CUNY colleges and those hosted by the Graduate Center's Physics Program and the Initiative for Theoretical Sciences.

In addition, The Graduate Center is in close vicinity to talks and other events held by New York Academy of Sciences, The Museum of Natural History, Simons Foundation, universities and colleges throughout the New York City metropolitan area and at Brookhaven National Laboratory.