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Application Process

Priority Deadline for Fall 2018 Application: January 3, 2018

Application to the Graduate Physics Program at North Carolina State University includes completion of six steps

  1. Submission of an Application through The Graduate School
  2. Pay an application fee
    • For 2019 admission, we will waive the application fee for the first 100 applicants that are American citizens and that have an undergraduate GPA of better than 3.0 . If you wish to use this waiver
      • Submit the application, and stop when you reach a payment screen
      • Send an email to that you have submitted the application. We will then pay the fee for you without any further steps required from you.
    • $75 for American citizens that do not meet the criterion above, or after the quota has been filled.
    • $85 for all others.
  3. Submission of certified undergraduate transcripts
    Certified Undergraduate Transcripts must be sent directly from the undergraduate institution to the NC State Graduate School. Transcripts must be received from all undergraduate institutions that the applicant attended.
  4. Letters of recommendation
    Three Letters of Recommendation must be included in a complete application. Prospective students should request letters from qualified persons who are able to judge that prospective student's ability to succeed in graduate school. These can be submitted electronically via Apply Yourself or via hardcopy to the Physics Department Graduate Office.
  5. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test scores
    Applicants should arrange to have Graduate Record Examination test scores sent to the NC State Graduate School. In special circumstances, the Physics Admission Committee may relax this requirement if requested to do so. Candidates with complete test scores (including the Physics subject test) generally have an increased likelihood of acceptance into the graduate program. The Physics subject test is strongly recommended.
  6. Demonstration of English language proficiency.
    Demonstration of English Language Proficiency may be done through any one of the following
    • Citizenship in the USA or another English-speaking country such as Canada, India, Australia, Great Britain, South Africa, etc.
    • The earning of a college degree in an English-speaking country such as The United States, Canada, India, Australia, Great Britain, South Africa, etc.
    • passing the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a score of 80 or above
Application materials for which paper copies are admissible may be sent to the appropriate destinations:

The Graduate School
North Carolina State University
1000 Main Campus Drive
Campus Box 7102
Raleigh, NC 27695
Physics Department Graduate Office
North Carolina State University
Riddick Hall, Box 8202
NCSU Campus
Raleigh, NC 27695

Admission to the Graduate Physics Program at NC State is granted by the Graduate School upon the recommendation of the Physics Department Admissions Committee. Official notification of admission is made by the graduate school, and the terms of the admission are provided by the Physics Department.