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Department of Physics

Graduate Admissions Information

graduate program

The Physics Department typically admits 8 - 10 students into our Ph.D. program each year. Generally, admission decisions are made during the Spring for entry into our program in the Fall. The graduate application deadline is January 1st.

Interested applicants apply through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences admissions office. The admissions office manages the application process and then the Physics Admissions Committee reviews the files and makes decisions.  Consideration of applications begins in February.  

In addition to the general admissions requirements, applicants are urged allthough not required to take the GRE Test and the Advanced Test in physics. Applicants whose first language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Please see the department requirements page for a list of all admissions requirements.

Financial Assistance

Support for qualified students is available in the form of teaching assistantships and tuition remission. Research assistantships are also available during the summer and academic year, depending on research area and the extent of current funding. Boston College often offers minority fellowships to U.S. citizens and permanent residents on a competitive basis. Boston College is also a member of the National Physical Sciences Consortium, which sponsors graduate fellowships for women and minorities.

NOTE: A limited number of Summer Research Fellowships will be awarded to highly qualified applicants.

Application Materials

Application forms may be submitted online through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. If you have trouble submitting the form online you can print a paper copy and mail it along with your supporting materials to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences admissions office. If you have questions about the admissions process or difficulty submitting materials you can contact the Graduate School at

NOTE: The Graduate School at Boston College generally will not accept applications without the application fee. However, the application fee is waived for current BC students, McNair Scholars, Fulbright applicants and active JVC members. Current undergraduate applicants, for whom the fee would constitute a serious hardship, may request a waiver. Such requests will be considered only if they are received by the Admissions Office in the form of a letter sent directly from the chief financial aid officer of the applicant's college or university. Applicants may use the application fee waiver form to submit this request.


To receive further information, or if you have any questions, please write to Prof. R. A. Uritam, Graduate Program Director,

To learn more about the Boston College programs and facilities of interest to graduate students visit the Murray Graduate Center homepage.