Applications are considered only for the Fall semester of each year.
We generally do not accept applications after the deadline. We occasionally consider requests when unforeseen circumstances may have interfered with the application process.
Yes. If accepted, and depending on your background, you may be advised to take a few of our core undergraduate courses (Quantum and Classical Mechanics, Electrodynamics, and Thermal and Statistical Physics).
No. We do not offer courses at night or on weekends.
No, official transcripts are not required for the deadline. Scanned copies are acceptable for the application. If you are accepted to the program and decide to matriculate at the University of Minnesota, official transcripts will be required by the Graduate School before registration.
Test scores must be sent directly to the Graduate School from the respective testing centers.
Paper copies can be sent directly to the Graduate School. Please note that paper copies will delay the processing of your application.
To check your application status, log into your application through choose.umn.edu. You will see the Application for Admission section, which contains updates about the status of your application materials, including letters of recommendation, standardized test scores (like GRE or TOEFL), and transcripts.
Please try to complete your application carefully before you submit. If absolutely necessary, changes to your application can be considered by sending your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Updated test scores are automatically reflected in the choose.umn.edu application system upon receipt of new scores by the Graduate School.
A decision regarding your application will be made late January or early February.
We aim to have 25 to 30 entering students every year.
There is a non-refundable $75.00 application fee for U.S. Citizens/Permanent residents and a $95.00 fee for international students.
No, the Graduate School and the Department will not waive the fee.
No, the application fee cannot be deferred. All offers of financial support are pending completion of the application.
Yes, you can apply to both programs but you will need to complete and submit two different applications. Please note that this means you will also have to pay two application fees if the other program requires one. You will also have to check with the other program(s) on their admission application requirements.
You would normally apply for admission to the Astrophysics program, although it is possible to apply to the Physics program as well. Note that program requirements and course work are different in both programs,
There is no need to translate these numbers into grades or GPA. You will have the opportunity to specify the grading scale in the online application.
While there is no minimum GPA, if your GPA is less than 3.3 the possibility of acceptance is low.
No. GRE submission is not required for admission.
Our institution code is 6874.
If your GRE scores are available, they may be submitted by the application closing date. The unofficial, self-reported score is sufficient at this point in your application, until the Graduate School receives your official scores directly. Remember that the scores are not used in the admissions process.
Our institution code is 6874.
The department code is 76.
Your total TOEFL score must be 79. The writing section must be at least 21. The reading section must be at least 19. More information on this University policy can be found here.
Your TOEFL score must not be less than two years old from the semester you are accepted. (For instance, if accepted for September 2015. TOEFL must be no older than September 2013.)
TOEFL results are due by the closing date.
Yes, the results must arrive by the closing date.
No. TOEFL scores must be sent directly to the Graduate School from the testing centers.
Yes. You should note in the "comments section" that your TOEFL score is forthcoming.
Exceptions to the English language requirement are made for students who have completed one academic year (nine months) in residence as a full-time student (16 semester credits, 24 quarter credits) in the last 24 months at an institution within the United States or other English-speaking countries. These students are not required to present English language scores for admission, but will be assessed for English proficiency on arrival at the University. The policy can be found here.
Based on the score received on the local test, as many as two English language courses may be assigned in the first semester of enrollment. Contact Laurie Hoppe, assistant to the dean and member of The Graduate School admissions staff, at , or (612)-625-8570, for more information about the countries which require only that students be assessed on arrival.
Your application will not be reviewed until at least two letters of recommendation are received. Recommendation letters must be submitted by the closing date for full consideration of your application.
We prefer that your references upload their recommendation letters to the online application system using the log-in information provided to them in their email notification.
Once your recommender has submitted their letter you will automatically receive an email notification that the recommendation has been received. You can also check the status of your application and send email reminders to your recommenders.
Yes. You do not need to wait for your recommendation letters to be submitted before completing your application.
Please check with your references before submitting your application. Choose your references carefully. If you need to make a change, please contact email@example.com.
No. Please choose your references carefully.