About

As you may already know, the University of Arizona is one of the top research universities in the United States.

As one of only 63 universities nationwide in the Association of American Universities (AAU) composing America’s leading research universities, we are ranked #20 among all public institutions in the United States in terms of research funding. In fact, the most recent data available shows we were ranked #5 amongst all universities in the United States ---both public and private--- in terms of research dollars for the physical sciences. We have substantial grant funding from the National Science Foundation, The National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, NASA, as well as numerous other public and private sources. Moreover, research in our department is conducted at a wide variety of locations, including laboratories within the Physics Department itself, observatories on the mountaintops throughout southern Arizona, and international laboratories such as Fermilab (Chicago), Los Alamos (New Mexico), Livermore (northern California), Brookhaven (New York), and CERN (Switzerland). We are, therefore, an active and dynamic department in which top-notch research is carried out across many disciplines and around the world.

New Faculty Additions: Our department has recently hired outstanding and enthusiastic young faculty members. The presence of new faculty members means that entering graduate students have unique opportunities to get involved on the ground floor of high-profile research.

Teaching Excellence: Teaching quality is taken very seriously here in Arizona, and our department has won numerous awards for our teaching excellence. As a result, we offer a wide range of graduate courses and independent-study projects. More importantly, our graduate students also have ample opportunities to develop their own teaching and mentoring skills.

Diversity: Current physics graduate students and academics hail from 17 different countries and from 25 different states from all corners of the U.S. The University of Arizona is committed to fostering a diverse community with overall ethnic diversity of 37.7% on campus.

Great Grad Students: Other great department assets are our graduate students themselves! For years, we have been attracting an exceptionally well-motivated group of young scientists who have already been rising to the tops of their fields. Many arrive in our program having won numerous prizes and fellowships. Upon graduation, many of our students accept prestigious postdoctoral positions and ultimately faculty positions. Others take research positions in industry, as well as teaching positions in both public and private schools. Our graduate students have diverse interests, and play a large and active role in the daily running of our department.

Great Location: Tucson is surrounded by magnificent 9000-foot mountains, canyons, hiking trails, two National Parks, and a desert of incredible beauty and variety. The University of Arizona has both historic and most modern facilities and is one of the most beautiful campuses in the Western U.S., adjacent to a vibrant downtown full of fun restaurants and entertainment. Add to that an average of over 330 sunny days per year and an extremely low cost of living, and you have a location that is truly ideal.

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Program Requirements

Bachelor's degree requirements:
A 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

Our graduate students are one of our greatest resources. Every year, we recruit a diverse set of talented, outgoing, and ambitious individuals who are committed to pursuing their passion for physics and for life. Even given the caliber of our program, the Physics Department at the University of Arizona is a congenial space. Among graduate students, the spirit of camaraderie is strong and relationships are more cooperative than competitive. Graduate students plan department picnics, holiday parties, teas, and a weekly get-together at a local brewery; they play intramural sports and even organize annual out-of-town ski weekends.

Students have lunch with visiting colloquium speakers, and also organize weekly graduate student talks preceding the Friday Physics colloquium and the Liquid State Seminar, the students' happy hour.