How to Apply

Graduate Student Admissions

Thank you for your interest in graduate studies in Physics at Washington University! Most students are admitted into our graduate program in the Fall semester beginning near the end of August, but occasionally a student enters in the Spring semester beginning mid-January. The application deadline is December 15.

Admissions Requirements

Masters of Arts Program:

For admission to our Masters program, a Bachelors degree is required with no minimum undergraduate GPA specified. Two recommendation letters are required. The GRE General is recommended.

PhD Program:

For admission to our PhD program, a Bachelors degree is required with no minimum undergraduate GPA specified. The GRE General examination is required. The GRE Physics subject exam is recommended. The average GRE percentile score for those who were recently offered admission were verbal-60%; quantitative-80%; analytic writing-39%; and physics-68%. 

Students applying to either program from non-English speaking countries are required to demonstrate proficiency in English via the TOEFL or IELTS. The minimum acceptable score is 577 (equivalently 233 or 90) and the minimum acceptable IELTS score is 7. 

Applying for Admission

Please apply directly online. There is a $45 application fee. If necessary, you may apply for a waiver of this fee when you submit your application. The GRE/TOEFL Institution Code for Washington University in St. Louis Graduate School is 6929.

In addition, official transcripts must be requested by the applicant and sent directly by the institutions where the studies were pursued by EMAIL ( or mailed to the following postal address:

Graduate Admissions
Washington University
Department of Physics
Campus Box 1105, One Brookings Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

Questions should be addressed to Sarah Akin, the secretary of the Graduate Admissions Committee, or by telephone (314)935-6250.

Additional Graduate School Application Information

The Graduate School's general application process.

Application Information

Grad School Shopper Information

Sabrina Chen

"I really enjoy my life at Wash U Physics. People are very nice and friendly here. We have mentors who help new students get familiar with the department. We have great professors who give professional advice about courses and research. We also have many social events that bind everyone in the department together, such as physics picnics, holiday parties, and graduate seminars. Wash U Physics provides a great atmosphere for me to learn and enjoy my PhD life."

―Sabrina ChenPhD Candidate