Degrees and Fields of Study
The Ph.D. program in Physics offers the opportunity to conduct research in New York, or at NYU Abu Dhabi or NYU Shanghai. Read more at the following websites:
Non-degree applicants must carefully read the requirements section below.
Note: The field of study descriptions may not exactly match the actual program name on the degree that is conferred. Please refer to the GSAS Bulletin section Degree and Certificate Programs as Registered by the New York State Education Department for the actual program name and degree conferred.
- December 18, fall only admission
- December 18, fall only admission
- Accepted on a rolling basis.
All application materials must be received by 5 p.m. eastern time on the deadline date. If an application deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal U.S. holiday, then the next business day will be the deadline date.
Application Requirements for Physics
All applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) are required to submit a complete application for admission. A complete application includes the online application, academic transcripts, test scores (if required), letters of recommendation, a résumé or curriculum vitae, a Statement of Academic Purpose, and an application fee. Applicants also have the option of providing a short Personal History essay. Please refer to the Instructions section of the online application. In addition, the department specifically requires the following:
GRE: The GRE general and subject test requirements are suspended for fall 2021 due to COVID-19. Please do not send us GRE test scores. If you do, the scores will not be reviewed or considered by the department's Admissions Committee. In subsequent terms, the general test and subject test are required.
TOEFL or IELTS: Either the TOEFL or the IELTS is required of all applicants who are not native English speakers or who do not have a bachelor's or master's degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English. See test score FAQ.
Statement of Academic Purpose: In a concisely written statement, please describe your past and present work as it relates to your intended field of study, your educational objectives, and your career goals. In addition, please include your intellectual and professional reasons for choosing your field of study and why your studies/research can best be done at the Graduate School of Arts and Science at NYU. The statement should not exceed two double-spaced pages.
Writing Sample: Not required.
NYU Abu Dhabi or NYU Shanghai Applicants: Applicants to the Abu Dhabi or Shanghai tracks of the Ph.D. program should indicate their interest in the campus section of the application.
Non-degree Applicants: Non-degree applicants to Physics who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, or applicants who hold a current H1-B visa, must use the online application to apply. Other non-degree applicants must follow special instructions. Refer to Application Policies in the Application Resource Center for more information. As part of the application, all applicants must provide a final and official academic transcript showing proof that the bachelor’s degree or equivalent was conferred, including all courses with grades received. The statement of purpose should explain why you want to attend the program as a non-degree student and describe the courses that you plan to take, including directed reading and research courses. The GRE, TOEFL, letters of recommendation, and résumé are optional (please leave items blank on the application if you do not provide).
The Graduate School of Arts and Science reserves the right to change this information at any time. This document supersedes all previous versions.
Last updated July 28, 2020.
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