Our suggested application deadline for initial Fall semester 2017 enrollment is December 12, 2017. In practice, this means we begin reviewing all completed applications in late December, or as soon thereafter as they are complete. We will, however, still consider applications received by our later deadline of Jan. 9, 2018. For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.
Applications are handled by UNC’s Graduate School.
Detailed instructions for all domestic and international student applicants can be found here. In addition to the explicit application requirements listed there, we do require the GRE Subject Test in Physics. We also require a statement of purpose. Your required statement of purpose should be an essay of at least one page explaining past experiences, reasons for personal interest in graduate study in Physics and/or Astronomy, and any extra information you would like us to take into account to properly evaluate your application. We would particularly like to hear about your research experience and other interests and endeavors, especially insofar as they illustrate your independence, determination, and other qualities that lead to success in graduate school. Your specific fit with UNC Chapel Hill is also of interest.
International applicants should upload a financial certificate directly to their application as an attachment by the application deadline.
Email questions about the application process or our graduate program may be directed to: