Department of Physics and Astronomy


Requirements for Admission

Bachelor's Degree and GPA: The requirements for admission to the graduate program consist of a bachelor's degree in physics or a related field with a grade point average of 2.7 or higher on a 4-point scale

Graduate Record Examination:  All applicants are required to provide scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Exam, taken within the past five years. The subject GRE in Physics is not required.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (International Students): International students must present a score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT of ≥80 (iBT strongly preferred) in order to qualify for regular admission to the program.  An iBT score of 22 or higher on the Speaking portion is required to be eligible for a teaching assistantship (TA).

Letters of Recommendation: Three signed letters of recommendation should be submitted as part of the on-line application to the graduate school.

Full admission guidelines can be found at the College of Graduate Studies (see Main Campus applicants).

Stipend Information for PhD students in Physics and Astronomy

The current minimum stipend for PhD students is $24,000 annually. Tuition is normally waived for any student with a Graduate Assistantship (including both Teaching Assistantships and/or Graduate Research Assistantships). In addition, the Department offers exceptionally strong applicants the opportunity to receive a Stipend Enhancement, consisting of a $2,000/year increase in annual stipend for up to four years (dependent on good academic standing).

How to Apply for Admission

Normally, students start their graduate program with Fall semester.  The Fall semester application deadline for admission to the Physics and Astronomy graduate program is January 1st.  Admission decisions are communicated to successful applicants by April 15th.  Students interested in applying for admission to start Spring semester should contact the Graduate Admission committee chair (see contact info here).

To apply for admission to the Physics and Astronomy graduate program:

1) Please go to the Department Application Form here.

2) Go to the College of Graduate Studies Admissions and choose "Apply Now” (you’ll be applying to a Main Campus program). 

Both items of the list immediately above are required for full consideration of your application!

Admission Guidelines, including information for International Applicants

Note that the Ph.D. program in Medical Physics is offered through the Department of Physics and Astronomy (college of Natural Sciences and Mathematics), while the M.S. program in Radiation Oncology is offered through the College of Medicine (more information on the MSBS in Medical Physics).

Checking Application Status

Please check your status online at to determine which items remain outstanding. If you have additional questions after reviewing your status, please note that all documents are posted to a student’s file within 5 business days of receipt. If you have questions after reviewing your status and allowing sufficient time for documents to post, please feel free to inquire about your specific concern through email to, or to Yolanda Allen [ ].

Visiting the Department:

Students receiving an admission offer will have an opportunity to visit our department during one of our Open House events scheduled typically during March.  During your visit, you’ll become familiar with the University, our research facilities, our faculty, the Toledo area, and also with our current graduate students.  Visits during other times of year are also possible, and should be coordinated through the department (CONTACT DETAILS).

Information from the College of Graduate Studies on transfer of credit to UT

If you have questions regarding transfer of credits from another US institution towards University of Toledo graduate degrees, please refer to the College of Graduate Studies Transfer Credit Information page.

Last Updated: 7/15/24