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  • Contact:
  • 77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Department of Physics
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Cambridge, MA MA 02139
    United States
    Phone: 617.253.4800

  • Degrees Granted:
  • Doctorate

  • Programs offered:
  • On-campus

  • Description:
  • Most graduate students are interested in one or two sub-fields in physics and apply in that sub-field. Students may narrow their focus, or change their sub-field, once they begin their studies. The Department encourages this student flexibility with modest course requirements and ample faculty advising resources.

    The first year or so of graduate study is usually filled with course work in basic subject areas, including quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and electricity and magnetism. Formal requirements include courses for breadth distribution, but most students find that solid course coverage is to their advantage. Basic courses may be followed by more specialized and advanced theoretical courses, as well as by courses in other departments. Formal Ph.D. degree requirements include two written examinations and one oral comprehensive examination. The most important step in the doctoral pursuit, however, is finding a thesis supervisor; students are advised to begin this search early in their graduate career.

  • Admission Information:
  • The deadline for reciept of an application for September admission is December 15th. Supplemental material such as letters of recommendation, test scores and Fall transcripts are due by January 1. The deadline for all application material for February admission is November 1st.

    The three main factors that are reviewed in the application process are GRE scores (both general and Physics subject scores), transcripts of past grades, and letters of recommendation. In addition, any past research experiences are extremely helpful, particularly if they are in the area(s) of the applicant's interest(s).

    The IELTS exam is required of all applicants who were born in a country where English is not the primary language. Exceptions to this policy will be considered for candidates who received their undergraduate degree at a U.S. college or university. In these cases, candidates are asked to provide a letter from a faculty member attesting to their English proficiency.
    [TOEFL exam scores are no longer accepted]

  • Financial Aids:
  • MIT physics graduate students receive support from a variety of sources: fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships.

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