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Graduate Program: Admission Requirements

The prerequisite for admission is a four-year undergraduate degree in physics or its equivalent. Students with degrees in closely related fields with significant physics and mathematics background and a keen interest in further physics training are routinely considered. In making admissions decisions, several measures are taken into account. Among these measures are undergraduate grade point average (the Graduate School prefers an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4 point scale), undergraduate course selections, and performance on Graduate Record Exams when available. While the GRE general and subject results are not required, their submission is encouraged for students seeking financial support.

For international students, performance on the TOEFL exam is also considered. The Graduate School sets minumim TOEFL scores for admission:

  • Internet-based iBT: 79 overall with minimum scores of 21 and 19 in the writing and reading sections respectively
  • paper-based: 550

International applicants seeking financial support through assistantships are normally expected to achieve significantly higher scores than the minimum and are also strongly encouraged to provide GRE general and/or subject test results. The results of IELTS (International English Language Testing System) are accepted as an alternative to the TOEFL. The University of Minnesota has established 6.5 as the minimum score for admission. MELAB is also an accepted alternative to TOEFL, with a minimum score of 80 required for admission. More details on these requirements can be found here. International applicants seeking financial support through assistantships are normally expected to achieve significantly higher scores than the minimum and are also strongly encouraged to provide GRE general and/or subject test results.

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