Graduate Application


To apply for study in physics, visit the address: External link icon

We accept only online applications (no paper applications).

To apply you must

  1. fill out an online application
  2. pay the application fee of $80; unless you are eligible for a waiver External link icon.
  3. have three letters of reference sent
  4. have an official transcript sent (copy is sufficient for application)
  5. have an official report on your general GRE results sent (copy is sufficient for application)
  6. have an official report on your TOEFL results sent (only if you are an international student)


1. How do I apply for financial aid?

All applicants are automatically considered for financial aid.  All admitted PhD students will receive a full tuition waiver, a yearly stipend of at least $24,157 (as a teaching assistant or research assistant).  All MS students will receive a 75% tuition waiver and may receive a stipend, but it is not guaranteed.

2. What is the application deadline?

  • Fall 2022
    • We may start considering applications by December 15th, but will start reviewing applications the second week in January until all slots are filled. We will update this FAQ when we are no longer considering applications for Fall 2022.
  • Spring 2023:
    • November 1st for domestic students
    • October 15th for international students

3. What is the minimum GPA or GRE score for admission?

There is no minimum GPA.  However, admitted students typically have a GPA higher than 3.3.

The general GRE is required unless you are eligible for a waiver due to having a master’s degree or due to COVID-related shutdowns; email the program director, Dr. Salsbury to apply for a waiver.  There is no minimum GRE.  However, admitted students typically have a quantitative score of at least 160, a verbal score of at least 150, and an analytical score of at least. 3.5. These minimum values are only guides. Meeting them does not assure admission, not meeting them does not prevent admission.  International students especially sometimes have lower verbal and analytical writing scores.

The subject GRE is optional.  The mean subject GRE score range (25th–75th percentile) is 660-870.

4. What is the minimum required TOEFL score?

The graduate school requires a minimum score of:

Computer-based TOEFL – 217

International-Based Total (IBT) – 79

International English Language Testing System(IELTS) – 6.5

5. Here are my scores on tests and my GPA, am I likely to be admitted?

We are not allowed to render opinions of the likelihood of admission before a student applies. The decision to admit a student is made by the Graduate Committee of the Physics Department. Many criteria go into the decision process such as intended area of study, background and experience of the applicant, performance on the General GRE, letters of recommendation, and the strength of the applicant’s transcript.

6. When will I hear about my application?

Fall application decisions are generally sent out by the end of February.

7.  Where can I find detailed information about the program, such as faculty, research expenditures, etc?

Faculty research interests can be found here and most faculty have websites with more detailed information linked from those pages. Other detailed program information can be found at external link indicator . Wake Forest University Physics graduate program_2019.