International Graduate Application Guidelines

Graduate Application (M.S. and Ph.D)

To apply to either the M.S. or Ph.D. degree program in Physics:  Create a new applicant account on the Rutgers graduate admissions web page. When completing the application, please remember that for historical reasons our program is "Applied Physics" (regardless of the research focus of the applicant.) and is located on the NEWARK CAMPUS.

Application requirements:

  • Online application ( Create an account)
  • $70 application fee
  • Transcripts (undergraduate and if applicable, graduate transcripts)
  • 3 Recommendation Letters (For guidance on US style recommendation letters, see sample letter, and read reference letter guidelines)
  • A Personal Statement of at least 200 words
  • A CV (curriculum vitae)
  • GRE Test Scores (The General GRE is required; the Physics GRE is optional. GRE scores are accepted until 5 years after the exam date.)
  • TOEFL or IETLS scores for applicants from countries where English is not the native language (minimum of 94 for TOEFL, 7 for IETLS). TOEFL/IELTS scores are accepted until 2 years after the exam date.
  • Non-degree students use the same application process.

Applications are processed on a rolling basis; early applications are encouraged with a preferred submission by January 15.

Stipends: The starting assistantship stipend for 2018-2019 is $25,959, including full health benefits, and with tuition and fees waived. Financial support is only available for full-time students in the Ph.D. program.

For further information, please visit the Rutgers University Graduate Admissions website.
To have questions answered, contact the Physics Administrative Coordinator at 973-353-5250, or