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Answers to many questions about the application process in general can be found on the Office of Graduate & Professional Studies website.
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The deadline for application submission is November 1 for spring
admission, and May 1 for fall admission. However, the number of graduate
positions is limited, and the Graduate Admissions Committee starts
making offers before the middle of February. Furthermore, foreign
students are expected to take part in the ITA (International Teaching
Assistant) program starting mid-July, and depending on the student’s
country of origin, the visa application process may take some time. For
consideration for financial support, students are encouraged to apply
before the January 31st deadline.
No, the University will not waive its application fee, except for
designated minority candidates. However, the Graduate Admissions
Committee can review an incomplete application. If you meet the
enrollment requirements, you will be asked to pay the application fee to
complete the application. We cannot officially admit applicants until
the fee is paid.
Yes, but please have the testing agencies send the official scores to
the Office of Graduate Studies as soon as possible. You may email
scanned copies of the scores to the Office of Graduate Studies. These
will be considered "student supplied" scores. However, the official
score reports should be received on or before the application deadline.
The Institution Code is R5811.
No, all materials should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate
Studies, 234 Hullihen Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
19716-1501. Mailing documents to the Department of Physics and Astronomy
only slows down the processing of your application. Any documents sent
to our office are sent unopened to the Office of Graduate Studies. The
documents are then scanned into a database where our department office
staff and the Graduate Admissions Committee can review them.
You will need to submit a new online application, pay another
application fee, submit your official GRE and TOEFL scores, send an
official final transcript, and update your resume. Since your letters of
recommendation are a year old, it is up to you to decide whether you
wish to provide new ones. All of these materials should be sent to the
Office of Graduate Studies.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy usually does not offer spring
term admission since we do not have any additional Teaching Assistant
support funding for the spring semester. If you do not need TA support
or you can find a faculty member who is willing to support you as a
Research Assistant, we will consider spring admission for you. In that
case, your tuition would be paid by the University of Delaware since you
are enrolled in our graduate program.
Due to COVID-19, the Department of Physics and Astronomy is waiving
the general GRE requirement for our graduate program this year. If you
wish to apply without a general GRE score, please enter a future GRE
exam date into the application when prompted. This need not be an actual exam date.
Entering any future date will allow your application to be sent on to
our review committee where it will receive full consideration. Reporting
your scores is entirely optional. If you choose to not submit a general
GRE score, this will have no bearing on the competitiveness of your
application. If you have any questions regarding this process, email email@example.com. The physics subject GRE is also optional this year.
Yes. The TOEFL is required of all applicants (including those who have M.S., M.Sc. or M. Phil. degrees) from countries where English is not the only official language. The TOEFL is not required of applicants who are permanent residents of the U.S. or have received a degree from an institution of higher education in the U.S.
The minimum TOEFL score for a teaching assistantship is 600 (Paper based test), 250 (Computer based test) or 100 (Internet based test).
The minimum TOEFL score for admittance is 550 (Paper based test), 213 (Computer based test) or 80 (Internet based test). (Admittance with Pbt/Cbt/Ibt scores substantially below 600/250/100 is rare.)
Yes, we consider applicants whose TOEFL scores are slightly below 600/250/100. However, applicants are competing with other applicants who might have a better score. The Graduate Admissions Committee will review all of an applicant’s materials including transcripts, essay, GRE test scores, letters of recommendation, and supporting materials, and if necessary will interview the applicant in person or by telephone. If the Committee concludes that the TOEFL score is a poor reflection of the applicant’s English abilities, admission is possible. The Department will then request a waiver of the 600 TOEFL requirement for participation in the summer ITA program.
You will have to take the test in a neighboring country.
Only applicants who are already in the US can take the TOEFL here.
TOEFL scores are good for 2 years. The ETS will not issue a TOEFL score report that is older.
Yes, but please have the Educational Testing Service send the official score as soon as possible.
Yes, copies of official transcripts from all previous colleges, along with translations to English, are necessary.
Yes. We will consider your application based on copies. If we decide to admit you into our program, you must submit the official copies (i.e. the final admission decision will be contingent upon receiving official transcript documents.) Your stipend here will be more than enough to cover the fees charged for sending these official documents.
Please send your incomplete transcript as soon as possible. The Graduate Admissions Committee will be able to assess your performance up until now. Once your degree is awarded you should send an updated transcript/degree certificate as stated in the application instructions.
Yes. In general, we ask that you send transcripts for ALL schools you have attended. However, if all of your courses and grades are reflected on your final transcript for the university from which you are graduating, please send us just the final transcript.
You may leave the GPA section of the application blank since a conversion from a non GPA system would be difficult and inconsistent.
When a student applies online they are given 3 essay questions to print out and answer in essay format. These questions are the same as the statement of purpose.
No, there is no specific form provided for the resume.
Yes, all students admitted to the graduate program receive yearly support of at least $26,000 (as of Fall 2012), and the tuition fee will be waived.
You are eligible for our Ph.D. program. You have to follow normal application procedures. Being in atmospheric science would not affect your application status as such. We will use your transcript to evaluate whether you have enough physics background to be successful in our program.
In no manner whatsoever will your age be a detriment in applying to our graduate program. Your educational background is an essential part of the admission decision.
The Office of Graduate Studies notifies those who are not accepted.
The Graduate Admissions Committee starts reviewing applications for fall in early January. Applicants who are admitted will be notified promptly. The earlier the application is completed, the sooner a decision can be made.
You may apply again if you are interested, however, it is not recommended unless you have additional information to submit.
Yes, it is possible to pursue a degree on a part-time basis. In practice, the non-thesis M.S. degree is the most suitable for this, whereas obtaining a Ph.D., which requires a very significant research effort, is much less practical.
If you can convince the Graduate Admission’s Committee that you have a very good physics background, it is possible for you to be admitted into the program. For example, a low GPA can be compensated for with an excellent GRE Physics Subject Test score. Significant research experience will also help.
The graduate catalog can be accessed online. The physics program is under 'Grad. Programs, Arts and Sciences'.
International students admitted to our graduate program are required to attend the English Language Institute/International Teaching Assistant program and pass the UDIA and Speak Tests prior to the fall semester. Students who do not pass these tests cannot be teaching assistants. Those students will be supported as graduate assistants, with duties assigned by the Department. GA support is only available for only the first two semesters. To become eligible for TA support, students are given another opportunity to take the UDIA and Speak Tests.