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. Most of the application materials are submitted electronically, with the exception of transcripts: official copies of transcripts must be submitted by postal mail. 
Application Fee:  
Domestic Applicants (U.S. Citizens and Permanent U.S. Residents): $105 
For details regarding application fee waivers, please visit the Graduate Division website:
International Applicants: $125 (Foreign applicants are NOT eligible for graduate application fee waivers - no exceptions.) 

All supporting application materials for the Physics and Physics/ChaMP programs should be sent to:

University of California, Irvine 
Graduate Admissions Committee 
Department of Physics and Astronomy 
4129 Frederick Reines Hall 
Irvine, CA  92697-4575
In addition to the application essays and other material submitted through the application web portal, the following are required for all applicants.
  1. Official transcripts  - ONE COPY - from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended (Foreign students' transcripts must be in their home language, as well as translated into English).
  2. Official General GRE scores - taken within five years of date of entry
  3. Official Physics Subject GRE score - taken within five years of date of entry
  4. Three letters of recommendation.
Recommendation letters are usually submitted electronically, although it is possible to submit hardcopies by postal mail if necessary.   For more information and instructions regarding electronic and postal letter submission, please visit:
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 12.1.17