Graduate Program in Physics

Washington University's Physics graduate program has two main goals: the development of a broad background in basic physics and the expansion of research abilities in a more specialized area. Students first develop a solid and broad base of physics knowledge through our core curriculum and departmental colloquia. Upper level courses and departmental seminar series provide more specialized exposure. Armed with their core knowledge, a graduate student joins a research group working in an area of interest to him/her. At Washington University, this research is performed in close collaboration with one or more of our faculty, and faculty research interests span a wide range of physics fields. Click the Research link to learn more about faculty research interests. Learning takes place in both formal and informal settings with a broad spectrum of colleagues, including faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, research scientists, and graduate student peers.

The Department of Physics is committed to the promotion of diversity within the culture of scientific inquiry. We especially encourage the application of women and under-represented minorities to our graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as for faculty and staff openings.
Currently, among the 79 full-time graduate students in our department, 14 are women (17%), 29 are Americans of varied ethnic ancestry, and 50 are foreign students, representing Brazil, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, Peoples Republic of China (including Hong Kong), Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Trinidad.