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Department of Physics
University of Oregon

Ph.D. Program and Teaching Assistantship Application

The deadline for the graduate application has passed. We will accept late applications, which must be via the online process, and try to give them consideration. However, we cannot guarantee the full consideration that the (large number of) applications received by the Jan 15th deadline will receive.

Welcome to the online application for the UO Physics Ph.D. program.

You may apply to the program here, using the link to the Graduate School application at the bottom of the page. Non-Ph.D. applicants (e.g., master's program applicants) should not use this form, but should contact Jodi Myers ( for application instructions. Note that a master's degree is not required for admission to the Ph.D. program, only a bachelor's degree. If your ultimate goal is the Ph.D. degree, you should apply directly to the Ph.D. program using this form and not to a master's degree program.

All students admitted to the Ph.D. program are also eligible for support as a teaching assistant (graduate teaching fellow). If you are interested in TA support, you should indicate this on the application.

The application deadline is 15 January 2019 for admission beginning in Fall of the 2019 academic year. Late applications will be accepted, but may not receive the same priority as applications submitted before the deadline.

Note: there is a $70 application fee, collected by the UO Graduate School.

Application Instructions


Fill out the UO Graduate School's Admission Application; there is no longer a separate application for the physics department. On the page where you choose a login name, you should indicate “Physics” under “Major applying for,” and “Fall 2019” under “Term applying for.” The link to this application is at the bottom of this page. You can fill out this form in stages—that is, you can fill part of it out, then log back in later if necessary to complete it.

Also, on the third page of the application, you should indicate that you are applying for a “doctoral degree” (under “Type of degree applying for”). We only accept students for other degrees (e.g., master's) under exceptional circumstances; contact the Physics Department directly if your goal is anything other than a Ph.D.

On the same page, you should answer “Yes” to the question “Are you interested in receiving TA support?”, unless you are sure you do not want support as a teaching assistant. Generally speaking, all students admitted to the physics Ph.D. program are also offered support as a teaching assistant (which you are under no obligation to accept).


As part of the UO Graduate School application, you will be required to submit official transcripts of all your previous undergraduate and graduate work to the Office of Admissions at the address below:

Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-1217

However, the Physics Department will not receive that information, so we will need an unofficial copy of your transcripts. You may scan them and upload them as PDF files on the last page of the application form. We will require an original, official copy when you are accepted and decided to attend.


We require recommendation letters from three referees as part of the application. These should be from faculty or professional supervisors who are familiar with your course work and/or research experience.

All recommendations are handled electronically. Once you submit the contact information for your referees, they will be automatically contacted by email with instructions for submitting their letters online. You should therefore fill out this part of the application as soon as possible (and notify your referees in advance), so they can submit their letters in a timely manner.

You can check on the status of your recommendation letters and send reminders to your referees by logging in to the application site (even after your application is completed).

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The scores for the General and Physics tests are required for admission to the graduate program. You should enter your scores in the form below and scan and upload a copy of your test results along with your transcripts in the “Academic History” section of the application form. An unofficial copy is fine for now; we will require an original, official copy when you are accepted and decide to attend.

We strongly recommend that you take the October exams for early consideration of your file, as it may take six weeks or more for us to receive the results of the December exams. Consult your local institution for details about these examinations or write to the Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 955, Princeton, NJ 08540 ( If your scores are not yet available, then omit them in the online form and mail a copy of your results when you have them.

English Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) Requirements

International students are required to take the TOEFL or the IELTS exam by the University of Oregon Graduate School and by the Physics Department, so we cannot waive this requirement, nor can we grant admission before one of these exams is taken. The Department of Physics minimum acceptable TOEFL total scores are 575 (paper-based test) and 88 (internet-based). The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 7.0; only the academic version is acceptable, not the general-training version. These scores are higher than the University of Oregon minimum scores. Note that the University of Oregon Office of Admissions requires an original (official) copy of your TOEFL/IELTS results if you are admitted, but for now, just upload an unofficial copy with your application along with your transcripts in the “Academic History” section of the application form. In addition to the TOEFL/IELTS, a SPEAK test may be required when you arrive on campus. English-proficiency requirements are waived for students who have completed a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited U.S. institution or from an institution in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.

Personal Statement

You should prepare a personal statement, about 500 words long. Please describe your past work in the intended field of study, your plans for graduate study, your research interests, your career goals, and why the University of Oregon is a good match for your interests and goals. You can also include any other information that you would like the graduate selection committee to consider.


Our deadline for application (admission only) and assistantship (GTF) is January 15. You will be assured of a decision on your application by March 15 if your file is completed by January 15. The University of Oregon Department of Physics admits only during the fall term.


Mailing address:

Graduate Selection Committee
Department of Physics
1274 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-1274


Jodi Myers at (