How to Apply to the Graduate Program

We welcome applications from students who have successfully completed a 4-year undergraduate degree in physics or closely related fields. International students who have gone through a 3-year undergraduate degree program need to have an MS degree or one additional year after their bachelor’s to become eligible for admission. The application deadline for full consideration for fall admission is February 1 and spring admission is October 1.


To be eligible for admission to the Physics PhD program, applicants must:

  • Have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in physics or a closely related area.
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • International applicants must demonstrate English proficiency via the TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo. The minimum total TOEFL scores for graduate admission into the MU Physics program are 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 80 (internet-based). The IELTS test with a minimum score of 6.5 or Duolingo with a minimum score of 115 are acceptable alternatives to TOEFL.

Applications for admission for graduate study in physics need to be completed online. Go to the web site and click on “Apply to Grad School” on the right-hand side. Your online application should include the following material (to be uploaded in electronic format):

  • A statement of purpose, in which you tell us a bit about yourself (e.g. your motivations, career goals, and research interests, and why you chose to apply at the University of Missouri).
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Your official transcripts.
  • For international applicants, the results of the TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo Test.


Test Scores

We no longer require verbal, quantitative, or analytical GRE scores. We also do not require the Physics GRE. However, if you wish to supply these scores, you may supply them as part of your supplemental documentation. 


MU institutional code for GRE and TOEFL: 6875

GRE department code: 0808

TOEFL department code: 76


Admissions Decision Timeline: For fall admissions, we expect to make our decisions by mid-March.

Contact Info

Prof. Suchi Guha
Director of Graduate Studies
223 Physics Building
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
phone: 573-884-3687