How to Apply

ALL APPLICANTS
Online application detail: In the space Proposed Area of Specialization, list in ranked order your fields of interest. Select from the following general areas. 

Astrophysics/Cosmology Observational
Astrophysics/Cosmology Theory
Biological Physics Experiment
Condensed Matter Experimental
Condensed Matter Theory
Nanoscience Experimental
Nanoscience Theory
Particle Physics Experiment
Particle Physics Theory
Physics Education Research
Quantum Information Experimental
Quantum Information Theory

Domestic Applicants (all US citizens and current US residents)

  • Complete the online application.  The application fee is waived, (at the end of the application select "Payment by Check" but do not send a check if you are a US citizen, US Permanent Resident, Veteran or currently serving as a member of the U.S. Armed Services, a member of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans, Gates Millennium Scholars Program or a McNair Scholar)
  • Personal Statement: At the beginning of your statement, please rank-order your specialization interests. A personal statement is a statement, which should discuss the applicant's intellectual and professional interest in graduate study in one or more of the areas in Physics and Astronomy. Discussion of interests in the work of specific faculty members/research groups is encouraged. Telling us about your relevant experience, including research experience is helpful.  This statement carries significant weight in admissions decisions.
     
  • CV including a list of relevant physics textbooks you have used.
     
  • Three letters of recommendation: Use our cover page and submit online by the recommender after you initiate the application, or by email to the graduate administrator at  pagrad@pitt.edu
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  • Legible copies of transcripts for all college-level institutions attended with or without degree(s) conferred must be uploaded as well. These may be unofficial transcripts for the review process. Applicants not yet graduated should provide fall term grades when they become available.   Send an updated "unofficial" transcript to the department's graduate administrator at pagrad@pitt.edu clearly stating in the email subject line "updated grades for my application". Certified (official) transcripts and translations of all undergraduate and graduate study will be required as soon as degrees are awarded or no later than the time of matriculation (upon enrollment).   Minimum GPA for admission with full status is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (refer to our FAQ for a chart).
     
  • General and Subject Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are optional. If you believe that any of these scores will strengthen your application, you are invited to provide them. Conversely, the absence of any of these scores will not adversely impact your materials for the review process.  Scores should be no more than five years old. If you so choose, the GRE should be taken soon enough for results to reach the University and available to the Department of Physics and Astronomy so that they are accessible by January 15. Submit to the University of Pittsburgh School Code 2927, Department Code 0808. 
     
  • Application and all supporting materials are due by January 15th

International Applicants

All of the above plus:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores should be no more than two years old. Submit to the University of Pittsburgh School Code 2927. The minimum TOEFL score TOEFL score is 90 (with at least a score of 22 in all of the four sections of speaking, listening, reading and writing. The minimum IELTS score is 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each of its four sections). Note: Any non-native speaker of English that is a U.S. permanent resident or with refuge status, and has been in the U.S. less than 2 years, are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS w/ acceptable scores. University of Pittsburgh TOEFL code: 76 or 61
  • TOEFL EXCEPTIONS and exceptions have been made for applicants with one component below the minimum required.
  • Application Fee: $50.00 US Dollars
  • Upon learning of your decision in response to our offer, we will forward your information to the Office of International Services (OIS).  At that point, you will be contacted by OIS directly on how to submit any financial documentation, if applicable.  More information to become familiar with OIS's financial requirements can be found HERE.  Becoming familiar with this document will expedite the process for visa documents, once admitted.

Upon acceptance, official final transcript(s) and documents with evidence of degree(s) may be mailed to:

University of Pittsburgh
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Coordinator for Graduate Student Services
Atten:  Chandra Colaresi
University of Pittsburgh
210 South Bouquet Street, Sennott Square Bldg., Rm. 5141
Pittsburgh, PA 15260