The Department of Physics welcomes applications from prospective students with an interest
in our graduate and research programs. Prospective students should have a bachelor’s
(or equivalent) degree in physics or a related field and should apply online at the Auburn
University Graduate School webpage.


Application Instructions:
Detailed application instructions can be found at:

Under the category Admissions Information, applicants should select Physics/PHD as
their Planned Course of Study.


The Physics Department does not require domestic students to submit GRE scores (both general and subject). Domestic students may submit  GRE scores if they have them available and wish to do so.

The Physics Department does require international students to submit GRE General test scores as part of their application, as well as TOEFL (or equivalent) scores.

 The following information is required for a complete application:

  1. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  2. Statement of purpose and research interests, which may include names of possible research advisors
  3. The names and contact information for three Recommendation Providers
  4. General GRE and TOEFL scores for international students only

Note: Please see the Graduate School guidelines as to alternate acceptable tests and scores to demonstrate English competency in addition to the TOEFL:

Applications submitted by January 15 will receive full consideration for the upcoming academic year that begins August 15.

Once we have reviewed applications, we will invite qualified domestic students to visit our campus at our expense to learn more about our graduate program.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • I've emailed Auburn University and haven't received a response yet.  What should I do?
    • We receive numerous emails regarding application and admissions in the weeks leading up to the selection period that begins January 15th.  Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to all of these inquiries immediately.  If your questions are not answered here, we encourage you to be patient.
  • Where do I send supplemental materials?
    • We will request supplemental materials on a case-by-case basis once the selection period begins.
  • Will I be accepted based upon my credentials?
    • We are unable to inform applicants of acceptance before the selection process begins on January 15.  Acceptance into the Auburn Physics Graduate Program is based upon multiple factors that include transcripts, recommendation letters, previous experience, and demonstrated interest in research at Auburn.
  • What standardized tests and minimum scores are required for admission to the Auburn Physics Graduate Program?
    • The Auburn University Graduate School requires that ALL international applicants “MUST SCORE at least 550 on the paper TOEFL (pBT), 213 on the computer TOEFL (cBT), and 79 on the internet TOEFL (iBT) or 6.5 Overall Band Score on the IELTS to be considered for admission.”  This includes international applicants applying from within the U.S.
  • Will you waive my application fee?
    • Fee waivers for applicants are not available, except in extraordinary cases facilitated through a Physics Faculty sponsor.