Applying to the Program

Applying to the Graduate Program in Physics:
Applications are submitted online through the UCI Graduate Division Admissions web site. More information on the applications process and required application materials can be found on the Applying to UCI page. The application deadline is January 1.
The Physics & Astronomy Department has recently voted to exclude the use of the Physics GRE score in its admissions process. However, this decision has yet to be approved by the campus. This means that the Physics GRE is required for admission to our Physics & Astronomy graduate program. Importantly, the graduate admissions committee will not factor this score in their application reviews. We are working to remove Physics GRE from the list of requirements for graduate admission and stop accepting the Physics GRE score as part of the application.
Application Fee:  
Domestic Applicants (U.S. Citizens and Permanent U.S. Residents): $120
For details regarding application fee waivers, please visit the Graduate Division website:
International Applicants: $140 (Foreign applicants are NOT eligible for graduate application fee waivers - no exceptions.) 
Additional Materials for International and Permanent Resident Applicants only:
Applicants whose primary language is not English are required to demonstrate proficiency in English for admission consideration by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL) Internet-based Test (iBT) or a paper-based test (PBT) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
PLEASE NOTE: International Student applicants are required to be eligible to serve as teaching assistants. Students with a score of 26 or higher on the Speaking component of the TOEFL iBT or a score of 8 or higher on the Speaking module of the IELTS are eligible to serve as teaching assistants.
For additional information about this, please visit:
Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) program

Qualifying international 1st year Ph.D. students will receive a "SEVIS Stipend" in the amount of $100. To qualify, students must have paid the SEVIS* fee, and must be enrolled at UCI for Fall quarter of their entering year - the SEVIS stipend only applies to international students.  For more information, visit:

Applicants should carefully check to make sure that all application materials are submitted by the January 1 deadline. Incomplete or late applications may not be considered.
Please contact My Banh at for any questions regarding the application process.
updated 10.15.18