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, M.S. in Physics, and a combined Physics Ph.D./Computational Science M.S. degree. The size of our program engenders collegial interactions among students, faculty and staff. 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.  Emory University is a fully accredited, comprehensive research university. It was founded in 1836 and now enrolls close to 14,500 students. Of this total, about 46 percent are graduate students.  In the Department of Physics there are currently more than 45 graduate students.

Graduate students in physics find excellent faculty members and facilities for the pursuit of advanced studies in many exciting areas. The department has 16 regular faculty members. Classroom teaching loads are held to a level that encourages excellence in teaching and research and allows research students to receive a maximum of attention. Frequent seminars and weekly colloquia attract many distinguished visiting physicists to the campus, which further stimulates an active research environment.  Graduate students are the heart of the department, providing a vital link between undergraduates, post-docs, faculty, and staff.

Optical experimentTeaching. 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).

Students. Our students are drawn from around the world. The graduate student offices and work spaces in the Math & Science Center are exceptional, 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 and around the Atlanta area. 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". The area around Emory is easily accessible with free Emory shuttles and excellent public transportation, and it features affordable housing near Atlanta's prestigious Druid Hills neighborhood.

Tuition, Stipend and Merit Awards. Graduate students receive comprehensive funding, including a competitive stipend ($25,000 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.

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  • The online application form is available through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
  • The application deadline for Fall 2017 entry is January 15, 2017.  Note that the application fee will be waived for applications received before October 31, 2016.
  • 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.

More Details. Detailed information about the Graduate Program is available through the links at the top of this page. If you desire more information about the Program, please contact us by email (barbara.conner@emory.edu), and if you are in the Atlanta area, let us know. We will be happy to introduce you to faculty, students, staff and facilities.

Connie Roth
Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

Correspondence and Information

Barbara Conner

Graduate Program Coordinator 
Department of Physics
Emory University
N201 Mathematics and Science Center
400 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322-2430

(404) 727-4086 Voice
(404) 727-0873 FAX

barbara.conner@emory.edu
Prof. Connie Roth

Director of Physics Graduate Program 
Department of Physics
Emory University
N201 Mathematics and Science Center
400 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322-2430

(404) 727-4083 Voice
(404) 727-0873 FAX

cbroth@emory.edu