- Bachelor's degree in Physics or a related field with a minimum undergraduate GPA
of 3.0 out of 4 (letter grade of B). If the degree is in physics,
would normally include upper-level classes in classical
mechanics, quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and
thermodynamics and statistical mechanics (thermal physics).
- The GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is required. The GRE Physics Subject Test is recommended. GRE may be waived for exceptional candidates.
- 3 Letters of recommendation.
- Statement of purpose. As guidance, the statement should address
the following points, when relevant:
- Why do you wish to study physics?
- What skills or experiences particularly qualify you?
- Give an example of some difficulty you have
had to overcome in your studies so far.
- If you have pursued extracurricular interests (e.g.,
music, chess) or a previous career over an extended
period of time, please describe them.
- If you have already contacted a professor at USF about
possible research, please indicate this.
- If you will already have earned a master's degree at an
institution that offers a doctorate in physics, please
describe the circumstances that led you to leave that
institution and apply to USF. You should also ask
your letter-writers to address this.
- Students from non-English speaking countries are required to demonstrate proficiency
in English via the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
or one of several alternatives: please read carefully
the graduate school's language requirements.
Application Procedure and Checklist
- Submit the online Graduate Admission Application for the University of South Florida via https://secure.vzcollegeapp.com/usf/default.aspx?cid=87<id=2. During this process, you will be asked to pay a one-time application fee of $30.00 by credit card (Master Card, Visa, or Discover) or e-check.
- Once you have paid the application fee and have a U-number,
complete the department's on-line form.
The on-line form will ask you to upload a statement of
purpose (see guidelines above) as well as unofficial copies
of test scores and transcripts. In case of any difficulty,
please contact us at the address below.
- Ask your three letter writers to mail their letters to the
department address below. If they use the email address,
they should also mail signed letters on institutional letterhead:
Jimmy Suarez, Academic Program Specialist
Department of Physics, ISA 2019
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33620-7100
- Ask the Educational Testing Service
to send your GRE scores
to the University of South Florida (code 5828), Department
of Physics (department code 0808).
- Ask your previous academic institutions (undergraduate or
master's level, including Diploma, Laurea, etc.),
to mail official transcripts to the department address above.
- If English is not your first language, ask for TOEFL scores
or other documentation (see above under Admission Requirements)
to be sent to USF.
Students in US
* Most students apply for fall, not spring, admission. If you
do plan to apply for spring admission, you should contact
the associate director for admissions (below) in advance.
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