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How to Apply

How to Apply

Visit the department

The deadline for applications for fall admission is January 15, to be considered for admission for the fall term. An open house for prospective students will be held in early March. Visiting the department at other times is also encouraged; please contact

Applications and fees

Applications for admission to Oregon State University's graduate programs are administered by the Graduate School. A $75 non-refundable processing fee is required for domestic applications ($85 for international). You will find the list of requested materials and the application procedure on the OSU graduate admissions website.

Please read the Graduate School instruction and requirement regarding transcripts.

GRE is not required but International students may need to provide TOEFL/IELTS. Please read the Graduate School instruction and requirement regarding test scores.

For Physics Graduate Program, the GRE general test and the GRE Physics test are optional.

International applicants and applicants who did not receive a degree in the U.S. must demonstrate English language proficiency by meeting these minimum scores: TOEFL Paper: 600; TOEFL iBT: 100; IELTS: 7.0. Further details are available on the OSU graduate admissions website.

Three letters of references are required. Please read the Graduate School instructions and requirements regarding letters.

For green card holders, please read the Graduate School instructions and requirements regarding the relevant documents.

The Department of Physics actively engages in holistic admissions, which augment the consideration of traditional measures of academic achievement (e.g., GPA) with rigorous consideration of an applicant’s personal qualities and experiences that are predictors of success in graduate school.

When reviewing your application for admission to our graduate program, the Department of Physics will be looking at several key areas:

  • Academic preparation – academic records on core physics & STEM courses and academic honors/recognitions
  • Scholarly potential – commitment to and enthusiasm for research
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion contributions – engagement with diversity, equity, and/or inclusion
  • Alignment with program – alignment of research interests and career goals with the department program.
  • Other skills and competencies – for example: perseverance, teamwork, and self-discipline.

Questions? Please contact the Physics Department

Graduate Coordinator, Ms. Kelly Carter, 541-737-1674,
Graduate Advisor, Professor Yun-Shik Lee, 541-737-5057
or email

Mailing addresses

Department of Physics
Oregon State University
301 Weniger Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-6507

Graduate School

Oregon State University
Heckart Lodge
2900 SW Jefferson Ave.
Corvallis, OR 97331