Leading edge research lies at heart of graduate programs in physics.

At UMass Lowell our Department of Physics and Applied Physics brings in over $10 million annually in funded research. Graduates from our programs hold positions in academia, national laboratories, government agencies, major medical facilities, and industry.

ALL our Ph.D. candidates receive full financial support throughout their graduate career, starting with a departmental Teaching Assistantship and moving on to a Research Assistantship with a research team. Both TA and RA appointments include full waiver of tuition and fees and 80% of health insurance costs.

The reasonably small faculty size coupled to the high commitment to research, both in fundamental and applied arena, allows quality interactions and mentoring of graduate students. Our faculty are world leaders in their specific sub-disciplines.

Our university is fully committed to growth and our physics program is rising steadily in national rankings. We invite you to sample what we have to offer as a department and join us in our explorations.

Program Requirements

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

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

Description of your department culture

Our Department is a perfect size where world-class research can coexist with one-on-one faculty-student interactions. Our 35 faculty, about 70 graduate students split between Ph.D. and Master's programs, and about 100 undergraduates, form a close-knit community, with multiple research groups that include all sections of the department, undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, junior faculty and senior faculty.

All faculty and graduate students attend a weekly departmental colloquium that feature leading researchers from around the nation as well as from abroad, with Nobel prize winners sprinkled in at healthy intervals.

We have a year-end departmental banquet and a winter holiday party, in addition to pizza socials. Those with a sports mindset can join the department's intramural team, the "Isotopes", and try their hand at losing in softball or volleyball, depending on the season.