Scores and Letters of Recommendation
Applications to the Physics Graduate Program are submitted through the University of Maryland's Graduate School.
Please visit the University of Maryland Graduate School's Application Process page, where you will find a step-by-step guide to applying, answers to frequently asked questions, and the link to the application. The Physics Admissions Requirements are listed here.
The application submission deadline is 11:59 pm EST on December 13.
We use the Physics GRE subject test as one of several indicators of preparation in basic physics, to help assess the likelihood of success in our program. Although we list the Physics GRE as “required” rather than “optional”, if you have not taken the test, we will still read and evaluate your application; you will still be considered for admission, provided the remainder of the application is sufficiently strong. However, it is in your interest to submit a Physics GRE score. This is true, even if you believe that the score you received does not accurately reflect your level of knowledge and ability. We are well aware of the limitations of the exam and really do look at the overall record. A low score will not eliminate you from consideration if the rest of the application is sufficiently strong.
If there are special circumstances that prevented you from taking the test, you should you let us know in your Statement of Purpose.
We do not have minimum score requirements for the GRE General or GRE Physics tests and a low GRE score should not discourage you from applying.
We get many highly qualified applicants each year, so our admissions process is quite competitive. However, the GRE is just one component of the application, along with the courses you have taken and the grades received, your letters of recommendation, your research accomplishments and your statement of purpose all inform our admissions. Each of these components gives a somewhat limited picture of applicants and in some cases the GRE can help round out the picture. That said, the information provided by the exam is limited and we are aware that it can be misleading. Thus we look at the overall record. A low GRE score will not eliminate you from consideration of admission if the application is sufficiently strong overall.
GRE (General and Subject) – 5814
TOEFL – 5814
You will be required to submit TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores if you are a US citizen or permanent resident with international credentials whose native language is not English and who does not hold a degree from an institution in the US or one of the areas listed above.
How many credits do I need to take?
Typically, graduate students with an appointment in their department (TA or RA) must take 24 units. Each graduate-level course credit counts as 6 units, and each research credit counts as 18. For example, students who are only taking classes typically need to have at least 4 credits, and students who are only doing research need to have 2 credits of PHYS898. You can read more about it here.
How do I register for class?
Why can’t I register for PHYS899?
Doctoral candidates are automatically registered by the Registrar’s Office for this course about 2-4 weeks before the beginning of the semester.