School of Physics and Astronomy, 116 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, United States of America

University of Minnesota - School of Physics and Astronomy Graduate Program In Physics

School of Physics and Astronomy, 116 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, United States of America


The University of Minnesota is located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The Physics Graduate Program at the University of Minnesota offers students innovative educational and research opportunities with world renowned faculty.  Our graduate program offers students the opportunity to work at the cutting edge of contemporary research. The program is large enough (about 180 students) to provide varied opportunities for research and networking, while maintaining an active graduate student community. 

The cities provide a full array of cultural activities, including live music, theater, and restaurants inspired by the diverse backgrounds of the population. The metropolitan area provides numerous opportunities for summer and winter recreation, while northern Minnesota (with more than its share of the 10000 lakes and the spectacular North Shore of Lake Superior) provides the largest wilderness area in the Midwest.

Program Requirements

Bachelor's degree requirements:
Bachelor's degree is required. There is no minimum GPA, but if GPA is less than 3.3 the possibility of acceptance is low.
GRE Requirements: Not Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

Grad Phi is a student organization focused on developing, supporting, and improving the graduate student community while promoting non-academic interaction among physics graduate students. They host activities such as coffee hours, game nights, hikes, and holiday parties. Grad Phi also provides an organized voice for physics graduate students in the consideration of issues within the School of Physics and Astronomy.

The Women in Physics and Astronomy (WiPA) group was established to raise awareness throughout the entire school of not only the important contributions women have made and continue to make in physics and astronomy, but also about the various mechanisms that make it difficult for women to make those contributions. Planned activities raise the visibility of women within the school and encourage interactions amongst female graduate students, faculty and/or research associates. It is hoped that the Women in Physics and Astronomy group will encourage a respectful climate for women in the school.