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Program Overview

Integrating emergent scientific research with innovative pedagogical training and community outreach.

In Emory’s Physics Department, we are a family. Graduate students experience cutting-edge research in both experiment and theory. They are the heart of the department, providing a vital link between undergraduates, post-docs, faculty, and staff.

From our department-wide social events to our espresso-inspired science discussions, our collegial interactions facilitate an environment for students to learn, grow, and succeed on their PhD journey and beyond.


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).

Tuition, Stipend and Merit Awards

Graduate students receive comprehensive funding, including a competitive stipend ($31,775 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 Welcome Fund.


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-together, 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.

Applying to the Program

  • The online application form is available through the Laney Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
  • The application deadline for Fall 2021 entry is January 15, 2021. 
  • For Fall 2021, The Graduate School application does not require GRE General Test Scores. The TOEFL test score is required for international students.
  • The Physics GRE Subject Test is optional.

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

Application and enrollment statistics for Physics PhD graduate program:

Degree Program Statistics 

Graduate Admissions

Applying to the program


Science is sharing. Graduate students can participate in a number of outreach activities for K-12 students and local communities. We are a proud and committed partner of ScienceATL and the Atlanta Science Festival.

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 (, and if you are in the Atlanta area, let us know. We will be happy to introduce you to faculty, students, staff and facilities.

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Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

Justin Burton
Director of Graduate Studies
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