177 Chemistry-Physics Building, 505 Rose Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40506, United States of America

University of Kentucky

177 Chemistry-Physics Building, 505 Rose Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40506, United States of America


Our Department leads the Commonwealth in both education and research in the study of the physical Universe, including 11 Fellows of the American Physical Society and state-of-the-art research facilities, and a new on-campus observatory.

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Kentucky provides exceptional opportunities for M.S. and Ph.D. research in astronomy/astrophysics, atomic physics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, and particle physics. 11 faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Physical Society, in recognition of their pioneering and significant contributions to their research field.

Several of our faculty members are also award-winning classroom teachers. In addition to our exceptional research opportunities, the Department also offers a welcoming and collegial atmosphere. There are ample opportunities for graduate students to interact with faculty and other graduate students in both academic and social settings.

Program Requirements

PLAN A: 24 semester hours of graduate credit with satisfactory performance and a thesis. PLAN B: Same as Plan A except six hours of course work at the advanced level is substituted for the thesis. Minimum GPA of 3.0 for both plans.

Minimum GPA of 3.0 in approved course program, as determined by student's advisory committee. Students must pass the GRE Physics Subject Test with a score at the 50th percentile or above and also pass 6 graduate core physics courses with GPA of 3.0 or higher. 36 credit hours and two-year full-time residency before and one-year full-time residency after qualification exam.
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Recommended
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

Weekly physics colloquia and research seminars; weekly coffee/cookie hour; periodic post-colloquium socials/receptions; annual departmental poster session.

We offer a two-week orientation for new graduate students including social events. The Physics Graduate Student Association plans graduate student seminars, department picnics and other social events throughout the year.