Application and Information Request

Information Request Form

Applying for Admission

Thank you for your interest in our graduate program. We believe that the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of South Carolina can present you with wonderful opportunities for continued growth and education. Application requirements can be found below. For more detailed degree information, please review our Graduate Student Handbook. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the following:

Director of Graduate Studies
Richard Creswick, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Coordinator
Mandy Davis
Chair of Admissions Committee
Yaroslaw Bazaliy, Ph.D.

Please provide the following materials to be considered for admission:

  1. APPLICATION : Please complete the on-line application with the Graduate School.

  2. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: Tell us about yourself. Why do you wish to pursue a graduate degree in physics? Which subfield(s) of physics do you wish to study? Provide information about any research you may have undertaken.

  3. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Please have at least three letters of recommendation sent. Choose professors carefully - someone who knows you beyond the classroom, who can assess your proficiency in physics and your creative ability.

  4. TRANSCRIPTS: Please have your official transcript(s) sent from any post-secondary institution(s) you have attended.

  5. GRE: The general GRE is required. We strongly encourage you to take the subject GRE, as it often helps us better determine a student's ability in physics. You should preferably take the exams by the end of December. Be sure to have the scores sent to our university.

  6. TOEFL: All international applicants who have not received a degree from a U.S. institution are required to take the TOFEL. The required minimum scores are 230 (computer-based exam), 570 (paper-based exam), or 80 (TOFEL iBT exam).

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: March 1
  • Spring: November 15

but applications will be considered until all teaching assistantships are filled.