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Graduate students in physics at OSU pursue PhD or Masters degrees in close collaboration with a supportive research faculty. Our young, energetic faculty, trained in some of the world's top physics programs, lead investigations in a range of research areas


Oregon State University is located in Corvallis, a medium-sized city located in the Willamette Valley of western Oregon. The climate is mild, with warm, dry summers. To the west, the Pacific coast of Oregon can be reached in about an hour while the Cascade mountains, less than two hours away to the east, offer hiking, skiing, and other mountain activities. 

For families with young children, Corvallis offers outstanding resources. Corvallis has one of the best school districts in the state and there are excellent/affordable preschool options. The city is home to an award winning public library, beautiful parks and bike paths, exceptional music teachers and extensive extracurricular opportunities.

Financial Support

Entering students are typically offered full financial support as graduate teaching assistants or research assistants. The stipends and health insurance (insurance for both individuals and families) compare favorably to other institutions. Dollar amounts are especially strong when compared to the cost of living in Corvallis. For example, the rent index is approximately 26 (percentage of New York City prices). 

Visiting the department

Personal visits to the department are encouraged throughout the year. Please contact gradinfo@physics.orst.edu to arrange a visit. Professors and current graduate students will be happy to discuss the graduate program with you.

Additionally, an open house for prospective graduate students is scheduled every March. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the department, and meet other prospective grads before making a final decision. The department pays for travel and accommodation for applicants who have been offered admission to the program. 

Application process

Application are due January 1st. Applications include a personal statement and three letters of reference. More information

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