University of Nevada, Las Vegas

4505 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America


Our graduate program offers masters and doctoral degrees in both physics and astronomy; the physics MS requires a research thesis, while the astronomy MS can be course based.

Before considering our department as a possible place to pursue an advanced degree, it is best to explore our faculty's research interests to determine if they overlap with your interests. Students interested in applying to the PhD program are advised to first contact faculty members to inquire about current project opportunities.

The PhD typically takes 5 years to complete, while the Master's degree usually requires two years. PhD students have two attempts to pass the PhD qualifying exam (offered every Spring semester). Master's students who intend to become physics PhD students can take the PhD qualifying exam without it counting against the two attempts. Astronomy PhD students have to pass an oral qualifying exam in addition to a written qualifying exam. See the degree requirements for more information.

While our physics graduate program is well established, our astronomy program is relatively new and its reputation continues to grow as our first generation of graduates depart UNLV to contribute to astrophysics in different parts of the world. Some of our physics PhD graduates have become faculty members at other institutions, while others have left academia and become successful medical physicists, software engineers, and industrial scientists, just to name a few examples.

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Program Requirements

Bachelor's degree requirements:
Bachelor's degree is required.
Minimum undergraduate GPA: 2.75
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

The Graduate College provides strong leadership to facilitate outstanding graduate education, extends educational opportunities to graduate students, ensures the consistent and fair application of policies, and provides support for graduate faculty and programs by cultivating an environment in which the highest quality graduate scholarship and research can thrive. Our guiding principles are: quality, excellence, equity, diversity, and opportunity.