About

The University of Utah's Department of Physics & Astronomy is committed to pursuing key science questions within an inclusive academic community, to training and diversifying the next generation of researchers, educators, and tech workforce leaders.

Our department provides world-class research opportunities with internationally renowned faculty members in a setting of exceptional natural beauty. It is located in a major, cosmopolitan city with easily accessible, top-notch cultural and recreational opportunities, and an affordable cost of living.

Program Requirements

Master's:
Thirty graduate semester hours required with a 3.0 grade average in an approved program with satisfactory performance on Departmental Comprehensive Exam. Either thesis or non-thesis M.S. available. Master's of Instrumentation: 30 graduate semester hours with a 3.0 grade average. Nine to fifteen hours will be related to the instrumentation project. No language required. For admission, a Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Biology, Chemistry or some related field may be substituted for a degree in Physics. Contact the Graduate Coordinator prior to submitting an MS application.

Doctorate:
Forty-five graduate semester hours required. . Satisfactory performance (3.0 average) in an approved course program is required. Comprehensive exam, qualifying exam, dissertation and dissertation exam required. Teaching experience required, and one of last two years must be in residence. No language requirement.
GRE Requirements: Not Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

The Department has undergone substantial growth during the past 7 years, and, therefore, has a balanced combination of established, senior faculty, and young junior faculty. Faculty and students enjoy the unique natural environment in Utah; the Department hosts the annual winter Astronomy/Cosmology/Astroparticle Physics conferences (SNOWPAC) at the Snowbird ski resort. Our conferences, seminars and colloquia feature interactions between faculty, students, and visitors in a very informal settings. The Department has extensive public outreach associated with physics and astronomy, making use of the beautiful dark night skies of Utah and Salt Lake City. Faculty and students jointly enjoy both the challenges of science and academics as well as outdoor challenges, such as rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, hiking, mountain climbing, etc.