Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions

Applying to UC Berkeley's Physics Graduate Program

The Department of Physics has set December 17, 2018, as the deadline for accepting all 2019-2020 applications for admission to the Berkeley Physics Ph.D. program.

To meet the December 17 deadline, all applicants should take the General GRE, the GRE-Subject Test in Physics (and TOEFL, if applicable) no later than October 2018. The latest acceptable GRE-Subject Test in Physics is October 2018. The Department is aware that ETS score reports for examinations taken in October may arrive after the Dec. 17 deadline.

NEW: GRE and TOEFL  institution codes for the University of California at Berkeley (UCB) are the same now. 4833 is the GRE and TOEFL institution code for UCB.

Apply for graduate admission online (click here to go to online application)
Please note, applicants must apply online. UCB does not have 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, 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. (Course and textbook list information added 11/15/2017.)

Read UCB Physics Graduate Program information from 2016-17 AIP Directory of Graduate Programs in Physics and Astronomy, or our brief description of the Berkeley Physics PhD program and Fall 2017 admission information.

We will begin making offers of admission starting mid-February. Our final offers of admission will be made no later than March 15, 2019.

The Physics Department Open House for Fall 2019 prospective graduate students will be held March 14-15, 2019. Applicants who have received offers of admission will be invited to Open House.