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Prospective Graduate Students

Welcome to UIC Physics

Welcome to all prospective students, and thank you for your interest in our graduate program. The Department of Physics offers work leading to degrees in Physics at both the master's and doctoral levels. Our faculty members are currently conducting research and directing doctoral candidates in both experimental and theoretical topics in the major research areas of atomic, biological, condensed matter, materials, high-energy, nuclear, laser and molecular physics.

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.Application Deadlines:

UIC Physics only admits new students for the fall semester of an academic year, which starts in mid-August.

Please apply in advance of the following deadlines.

  • December 1st to be considered for an application fee waiver.  Applicants requesting application fee waivers must complete their applications by December 1st.  This includes having official TOEFL or other accepted English proficiency tests received by December 1st.  This deadline is strictly enforced.  For more on the UIC Graduate College’s English proficiency requirements please see this page:UIC Graduate College’s English proficiency requirements
  • December 15th to be considered for a University Fellowship.
    • The Department of Physics will submit a nomination if you qualify. You do not need to do anything except submit your regular application by this date. Please do not mail in special requests.
  • February 15th for International Applicants seeking a Teaching/Research Assistantship.
  • February 15th (priority deadline) for Domestic Applicants seeking a Teaching/Research Assistantship.

Important note:  It is the LAST required item that you submit that will determine when your application is complete and ready to be reviewed by our admission committee.  The central application software is turned off on February and it is impossible to start a new application after that date.  Review of completed applications begins on December 15th.

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What you will need to complete the application

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  • Mailing and Email Addresses

    Department of Physics
    845 West Taylor Street
    MC 273, Chicago, IL 60607-7059


  • Program Codes

    Campus Location: 2236 SES
    Department Code: 17
    Curriculum Code: 5432
    Admission Codes: 20FS0240MS (MS); 20FS0240PHD (PhD)
    Telephone: (312) 996-3400

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