Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions

Applying to UC Berkeley's Physics Graduate Program

The application deadline for Fall 2020 admission to the Berkeley Physics Ph.D. program is December 16, 2019.

To meet the application deadline, all applicants should take the General GRE, the GRE-Subject Test in Physics (and TOEFL, if applicable) no later than October. The Department is aware that ETS score reports for examinations taken in October may arrive after the application deadline.

The GRE and TOEFL institution code for the University of California at Berkeley (UCB) is 4833.

(Application will open in September) Apply for graduate admission online (click here to go to online application)
Applicants must apply online. UCB does not accept paper graduate application forms.

We require a minimum of three letters of recommendation. You will invite your recommenders through the online application.

Please read the application instructions thoroughly. All supporting material, including your transcript(s), should be uploaded to your application. Your application will be reviewed with your unofficial transcripts. If you are recommended for admission to the Physics PhD program, you must submit official copies of your transcript for final approval of your admission by Graduate Division's Graduate Admissions Office.

You must submit a course and textbook list of all third and fourth-year physics (including astrophysics) and mathematics courses. Click here for our Course and Textbook List Form. You may complete our form and upload it to your online application, or you may use our form as a template. Please upload your course and textbook list in the Academic History section. You can upload multiple documents as transcripts.

We will begin making offers of admission in mid-February. Our final offers of admission will be made no later than mid-March.

The Physics Department Graduate Open House is typically held in mid-March. Applicants who have received offers of admission will be invited to Open House.