Within the online application system, applicants must provide general information (including educational history details), as well as the following specific program requirements.

Applicants must also request official transcripts, and any required graduate test and/or language proficiency official scores, be sent to WMU.

Application deadlines

For Fall semester: March 15, with priority consideration given to completed applications submitted by February 15.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is required; please submit within the online application system.

Graduate test

This program requires the GRE. A minimum score at the 65 percentile level is required on the quantitative portion of the exam. Preference in admission is given to students who have taken and scored well on the GRE subject exam (physics).

Note: International applicants may have to provide evidence of English language proficiency. More information can be found within the online application.


This program requires three recommendations. Please send email requests for such recommendations from within the online system.

Written statement

Please prepare a statement which covers the following information, and attach it within the online application:

Summarize your experiences in academic, professional, research, creative, or scholarly activities, and indicate how these experiences make you an ideal candidate for graduate study in your selected program. Describe specific area(s) of research interest(s), and whether these are experimental or theoretical/computational. Address how your experiences and research interests align with the research program strengths in the Department of Physics, and if there is a specific faculty member with whom you'd be interested in working. Finally, discuss your future professional goals. This statement (double-spaced and between 500 – 1500 words) should demonstrate your communication skills and writing competence.

Previous written work

One (1) writing sample is optional (to be attached within the online application).

Other program materials

This program does not require any other program materials to be submitted.

Additional information

If you have any questions, please review the website below for program and contact information.

Department of Physics — College of Arts and Sciences

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