Application buttonCongratulations on your desicion to apply to the Emory University Department of Physics! Applying for graduate studies in physics at Emory University brings you one step closer to joining a dynamic, interdisicplinary community at the cutting edge of research and teaching in the discipline. 

Applications should be submitted via electronic submission through the online application. Please note: The Fall 2019 application is currently closed.  Completed applications will be automatically forward to the Department of Physics and reviewed by our admissions committee.  We encourage you to learn more about our faculty's research interests by visiting their webpages and contacting them directly. However, individual faculty members do not make admissions decisions and students are not admitted directly into individual research laboratories.

You may email with additional questions about the application process, or submit an inquiry request at

Application and enrollment statistics for Physics PhD graduate program:

The recommended time for submission is September 2018 to January 2019.

The Application deadline for Fall 2019 admission is January 15, 2019.

Elements of a Complete Application:

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose need not be extensive. However, you should indicate your motivation for pursuing graduate studies at Emory as well as the research area(s) and faculty members that you are most interested in.

Letters of Recommendaton 

We require three letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic performance or professional scientists in whose lab you have worked. 

Contact your recommenders well ahead of time, to make sure they are aware of and can meet your application deadline. Your application is not complete until the letters have been submitted.

You request the letters as part of the online application process, and recommenders can submit them online. You can send requests for letters of recommendations before you submit the final application. If a recommender is unable to use this system, please contact the program you are applying to for instructions.


As part of the online application, upload a scanned transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended, present school included. The transcripts must be issued by the registrars office, but unofficial copies issued to the student are fine. Please do not mail paper transcripts with your application. 

Transcripts must be in English or be accompanied by notarized translations.

If you gain acceptance into our program an official copy of your transcript(s) must be sent directly to the Department of Physics. The transcript can be sent to this address:

Emory University
Physics Department

Attn: Barbara Conner
400 Dowman Dr., N201
Atlanta, GA 30322

GRE Scores

GRE scores (general test) are required. They should not be more than five years old. Scores should be reported by ETS directly to Emory (Institutional code 5187, no department code needed.)

If English is not your first language, you may need to submit TOEFL scores.

Application Fee

Our application fee is $75. It can be paid by credit card as part of the online application. The fee can also be paid by electronic check. Please be aware that this payment option adds several days of processing time before we receive the application.  Official scores and letters of recommendation may arrive later.

Additional Materials for International Applicants

If your native language is not English, you must submit either a current TOEFL score reported by ETS directly to Emory. Computer and paper-based tests scores are accepted. Scores must not be more than 2 years old and test results should reflect a minimum score of: IBT 80; CBT 213; PBT 550.   International students who have spent more than one year studying in an English speaking country are exempt from submitting TOEFL scores

Transcripts not in English must be translated and notarized. Please scan both the original and the translated versions and submit them together as one file in the online application

Please note: All documents filed in support of an application for admission become part of the applicant's confidential Graduate School record and may not be withdrawn. Do not submit research projects, academic papers, or other written work unless specifically requested to do so.