Admissions

The UW Master of Science in Physics is designed for those who want to pursue careers involving the practical applications of physics.

Application Deadlines

Applicants can apply to begin the program in autumn, winter or spring quarter. 

Quarter Application Deadline
Autumn September 1
Winter November 1
Spring February 1

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in a physical science, engineering, mathematics, computer science or a related discipline from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or its equivalent from a foreign institution
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the last graded 60 semester credits or the last 90 graded quarter credits
  • An average 3.0 GPA in all relevant coursework
  • Demonstrated English language proficiency for applicants whose native language is not English

Required Application Materials

  • UW Graduate School online application and fee
  • Unofficial transcripts from each college or university attended
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Statement of purpose
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if English is not your native language)

Note that GRE scores are not required and will not be taken into consideration if submitted.

Application Steps

To apply to the Master of Science in Physics, you'll submit your application materials online through the UW Graduate School website. Before you apply, we recommend that you contact us for informal advising.

Step One: Prepare to Apply

Get transcripts from each college or university previously attended. Download unofficial transcripts or scan printed copies.

Update your resume.

Write your statement of purpose. The statement should outline your reasons for pursuing a master’s degree in physics. (Note that this statement is used only for advising purposes and to make sure your goals align with those of our program.)

Step Two: Apply

Start your online application to the UW Graduate School.

For program, select "Physics, Evening (MS)”.

Upload all required documents.

Pay the nonrefundable application fee and submit your application.

International Students

International applicants must meet all admission requirements for the program. You are considered an international applicant if you are not a U.S. citizen, immigrant or green card holder. 

International applicants must have a visa status that allows for academic study at the University of Washington. Because the Master of Science in Physics program is part time, international students who require F-1 or J-1 visa status are not eligible to apply. For more information, see the UW Graduate School's International Applicant Information page.

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. If required, please submit TOEFL scores. Only scores less than two years old at the time of the application deadline will be accepted. Scores must be sent directly to the UW by the Educational Testing Service using institution code 4854.

Single Course Enrollment and Graduate Non-Matriculated Status

Not sure you’re ready to take the degree program? You can take single courses as a graduate non-matriculated student (GNM) and apply up to three courses (12 credits) toward the degree if you later apply and are admitted to the program.

Some applicants who don’t meet all our admissions criteria might try taking core courses as a GNM. If your grades are adequate, you may be considered for admission to the degree program. 

If you are interested in the GNM option, contact us for advice before you apply. To apply for GNM status, you follow the same application steps noted above and apply online to the UW Graduate School by the deadline for that quarter. When prompted for the status you’re applying for, select “GNM.”

Quarter Application Deadline
Autumn September 15
Winter December 1
Spring March 1