UMass Amherst is one of the major public research universities in America.

Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts, the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.

Our faculty lead a breadth of outstanding research programs along experimental and theoretical avenues in Condensed Matter, Biophysics, Nuclear & Particle Physics, Gravitation, and Fundamental Interactions. Three active centres within the department foster collaborative research in these fields - the Amherst Center for Fundamental Interactions (ACFI), the Massachusetts Center for Autonomous Materials (MassCAM), and the Center for Biophysics.

A new initiative in Precision Many-body Physics has also recently been launched. A new Physical Sciences Building with state-of-the-art laboratory spaces houses many of our experimental groups in quantum condensed matter, nuclear and particle physics.

Program Requirements

Bachelor's degree requirements:
Bachelor's degree in Physics or a related area is required.

Minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.0
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

There is an active graduate student group in Physics known as the Physics Community Organization that organizes social, academic and community activity. There is an undergraduate SPS chapter. The department has regular coffee hours, and a colloquium for all department members.