Physics and Astronomy

Programs Degrees Major Codes Admissions
Term Deadline
Doctoral PHD PHYS Fall December 15, 2020
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 15, 2020 (Recommended)
Physics and Astronomy Merit-Based/Financial Assistance December 15, 2020
Director of Graduate Admissions Yue Wu (
Graduate Coordinator Maggie Jensen (
Address Department of Physics & Astronomy
CB# 3255, Phillips Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone 919-962-7173
Test Requirements
GRE (general) score within last 5 years
Letters of Recommendation 3 – (by persons who know your academic and, when relevant, research performance well)
International Applicants Only TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)
Completed financial certificate
Other Requirements

In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.

We require a Statement of Purpose of at least one page explaining past research, academic, and leadership activities and accomplishments, reasons for personal interest in graduate study in physics and/or astronomy, and any extra information you would like us to take into account to properly evaluate your application. We are particularly looking for evidence of your independence, determination, and other qualities that lead to success in graduate school. Your specific fit with our graduate research program in Physics and Astronomy at UNC Chapel Hill is also of interest.

We require a Resume/CV. Note that this should contain information about student’s research output (including publications and oral and poster presentations), as well as research activities and their specific duration, and all leadership, outreach, educational/teaching, or other extracurricular activities, and awards or recognitions.