About

The graduate program in Physics currently has approximately 85 students, 40 standing faculty, 12 emeritus faculty, and more than 20 postdoctoral fellows and research scientists, plus visiting scholars and full-time scientific support staff.

The University of Virginia was founded in Charlottesville in 1819, with the purpose of advancing human knowledge, educating leaders, and cultivating an informed citizenry. Today, it is perennially listed among the top public universities in the nation.

The mission of its Department of Physics is to advance fundamental knowledge of the physical universe through experimental and theoretical exploration and to provide world-class research and educational experiences to students in its graduate and undergraduate programs. The Department is thoroughly invested in the success of its students, and is committed to fostering and maintaining a welcoming and supportive environment.

Faculty, students, and professional researchers in the department work within and across numerous physics sub-areas including: Astrophysics & Cosmology; Atomic, Molecular & Optical; Biological & Medical; Condensed Matter; High Energy; Mathematical; Nuclear & Particle; and Quantum Information.

The City of Charlottesville is located in Central Virginia approximately 100 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., situated within the upper Piedmont Plateau at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is home to an active community, in beautiful surroundings, and often appears in various lists of best places to live in the US. There are many options for hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities as well as a lively food, beverage, and music scene within the City and surrounding Albemarle County. Charlottesville’s pedestrian Downtown Mall is home to a vibrant collection of more than 120 shops, 30 restaurants and 20 entertainment venues located in the historic buildings on and around old Main Street Charlottesville.

Program Requirements

Master's:
Twenty-four graduate credits in approved program with satisfactory performance, thesis, and thesis exam; no language requirement.

Doctorate:
Thirty-three graded graduate course credits required; satisfactory performance in an approved course program is required; comprehensive exam, dissertation, and dissertation exam; two semesters residency required; no language required.
GRE Requirements: Not Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required