Graduate Program


Welcome to the Department of Physics Graduate Program web page! The Graduate Program offers students a comprehensive graduate education in physics and the opportunity to engage in research with internationally-recognized groups. We offer the Ph.D. in Physics and a combined Physics Ph.D./Computational Science M.S. degree. We are located in the Mathematics & Science Center (built in 2002), where state-of-the-art research, teaching, and support facilities augment our strong commitment to graduate education.

Research. Physics researchers benefit from close interdisciplinary interactions and collaborative opportunities with other graduate programs and research centers at the University. The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is also located in the Math and Science Center Building, and the Department of Chemistry and the Emerson Center for Scientific Computation are located across the street. Researchers that are part of Emory's renowned School of Medicine are a short walk away.

Find more details about our research groups that focus on:

  • Molecular biophysics, Cellular biophysics, Systems and populations biophysics
  • Computational biophysics, Simulations of disordered materials, Multiscale simulations

Teaching. Participation in Emory's Teaching Assistant Training and Teaching Opportunity (TATTO) Program for three semesters introduces students to current pedagogical techniques and practices. Students gain first-hand experience by being instructors for one of our undergraduate laboratory courses, and by working closely with a faculty member as a co-teacher for one semester in a Physics lecture course. Other teaching opportunities are available on a competitive basis (PRISM and ORDER).

Student Life. Our students are drawn from around the world. The graduate student offices and work spaces in the Math & Science Center are spacious, and each student receives a computer for their desk. The Physics graduate-student-run Young Emory Physicists Club organizes Department get-togethers, as well as student events on campus. In addition to the research opportunities in Physics, and Emory's outstanding academic reputation, students are attracted by the multitude of cultural and recreational activities offered by Atlanta, a progressive, cosmopolitan city that is described aptly as the "Jewel of the South". With the world's busiest airport, Atlanta is in convenient reach of most national and international destinations. The area around Emory is easily accessible with free Emory shuttles and excellent public transportation, and it features affordable housing around Atlanta's prestigious Druid Hills neighborhood.

Tuition, Stipend and Merit Awards. Graduate students receive comprehensive funding, including a competitive stipend ($23,500 for 12 months) plus full tuition coverage, Emory's student health insurance, and conference travel support. These awards are renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance. Eligible applicants are nominated for the George W. Woodruff Fellowship or the Emory Graduate Diversity Fellowship, two school-wide fellowships that recognize outstanding candidates for admission. Exceptionally qualified physics graduate students with research interests related to population dynamics and human health may be considered for admission with a fellowship under the interdisciplinary Molecules to Mankind (M2M) program at Emory, supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Only a few additional admission requirements apply.

Applying to the Program.

  • The online application form is available through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
  • The application deadline for Fall 2015 entry is January 3, 2015.
  • The Graduate School application requires the GRE General Test Scores for all students and the TOEFL test score for international students.
  • The Physics GRE Subject Test is optional.

Stefan Boettcher
Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

Correspondence and Information

Evan Durham
Academic Services Coordinator
Department of Physics
Emory University
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