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Graduate Programs

Graduate Degree Programs

Welcome to the graduate program at the department of Physics, Syracuse University! I would like to thank you for taking the time to take a look at our program.

Graduate study here provides a stimulating environment for students who work closely with distinguished faculty members on leading edge research projects. Physics attempts to understand how the world works; from the very small scales inside the nucleus of an atom to the very largest scales in the Universe; from the behavior of the most basic constituents of matter to the rich and diverse phenomena that arise when many simple components interact together. We have internationally recognized research groups working in all of these areas; from soft condensed matter and biological physics to elementary particle physics and cosmology and the search for gravitational waves. You can find out more by looking at our individual research group pages and by writing to individual faculty to find out what specific opportunities are currently available for prospective graduate students.

We primarily admit students for the PhD degree. This requires some course work leading to the qualifying examination which is usually taken at the end of the first year of graduate study. From the beginning students are encouraged to become involved in research by talking to faculty and engaging in both formal and informal work in individual research groups. Most students will have located a research advisor by the end of their second year.

The Department of Physics at Syracuse University offers programs leading to a Ph.D in Physics with an optional M.S. degree. Our faculty are engaged in research in experimental particle physics, theoretical particle physics and cosmology, experimental condensed matter and biological physics, theoretical condensed matter physics, computational physics, experimental astrophysics and cosmology, medium energy physics and experimental gravitational wave physics. For more information on our research areas visit the individual group pages under the "research" menu above.

We have approximately thirty faculty and 75 graduate students together with numerous postdoctoral fellows connected with different research groups. Our department has a diverse international flavor, featuring high caliber faculty, students and postdocs from all corners of the world. The graduate program is designed to provide a stimulating environment for students to work closely with distinguished faculty members on leading-edge research projects. Graduate student progress is carefully monitored. We realize that many students will go on to careers outside of academics and every effort is made to educate students about the wide variety of career paths available to physicists with advanced degrees. Our graduate alumni work all over the world in academic and industrial positions of all kinds.

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Researcher in the lab.

Through a combination of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and University fellowships the department provides full tuition scholarships, salaries, and student medical insurance for essentially all graduate students. Every applicant will be considered for a TA.

All students who are admitted are offered TA support for their first two years at Syracuse. Additionally a number of University and STEM fellowships are sometimes available. If you would like to visit, please contact us ( to arrange for a tour of the department. We also hold an open day for prospective students in the Spring of each year where students can talk to faculty and current students, and tour the department's labs and facilities.

To view a brochure with more information about the Physics graduate program, please click here.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Although we will accept applications until all available slots are filled, those received by January 15th of any given year get the greatest consideration for the fall term. Details regarding the application process can be found here. For further questions concerning application to the Physics graduate program please contact

Mitchell Soderberg, Director of Graduate Studies