Department of Physics & Astronomy

Entrance Requirements

Graduate Program - General Entrance Requirements

Physics Undergraduate Degree 
To be admitted to graduate status, the basic requirement is a bachelor's degree in Physics or its equivalent from an accredited institution. This degree must represent the completion of a program equivalent both in the distribution of academic subject matter and scholarship achievement comparable to that offered at the University of California. Qualified applicants are expected to have a junior/senior GPA of 3.25 or higher.
Students with Degrees in other subjects
Majors other than physics may also be considered. These will be treated on a case-by-case basis.
General and Physics GRE scores 
Scores from both the General and Physics GRE examinations are required for the awarding of financial aid such as Fellowships and Teaching Assistantship. Qualified applicants are expected to have a combined (verbal+quantitative) General GRE score of 300 or higher.
TOEFL Examination
International applicants are also required to take the TOEFL examination as part of the pre-qualification process for financial support. The scores should be submitted directly from ETS and should have a test date no older than two years from the intended date of enrollment at UCR.

Qualified applicants should have a minimum score of either 550 from the paper-based test or 80 from the internet based test (iBT). Ranges 540-550 / 75-80 may also be considered.

Letters of Reference 
Applicants should arrange for 3 letters of reference to be submitted directly to the Graduate Admissions in the Dept. of Physics.

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Maynard, Bonnie; Chair's Assistant, Academic Personnel
E-mail: bonnie.maynard@ucr.edu