Baylor University
Department of Physics
College of Arts and Sciences

Frequently Asked Physics Questions

1. Should I send my application materials to the Department or to the Graduate School?
2. What are the application deadlines? Do you accept students in the spring semester?
3. When will I learn about acceptance into the program?
4. Is the Physics GRE required?
5. What are the GRE (general) scores of students accepted into the program?
6. What stipend and tuition assistance does the department offer?
7. I am an international student. What TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores are required? Is the application fee required?
8. What is the number of graduate students in the department?
9. What are the areas of study in the department?
10. What is the size of the faculty?




1. Should I send my application materials to the Department or to the Graduate School?
The Graduate School. You can begin the process on online application (the fastest method) by going to the Graduate school website,
More Information: http://www.baylor.edu/graduate/index.php?id=42273

2. What are the application deadlines? Do you accept students in the spring semester?
The application deadline for the fall semester is February 1. (This has changed from February 15 prior to 2014.) The deadline for the spring is December 1. However, except in unusual circumstances we do not admit students in the spring.

3. When will I learn about acceptance into the program?
Early offers can be made before the deadline of February 1 for the fall semester, but generally most acceptance letters are sent between February 1 and April 15. Students who are accepted into the program are asked to tell us their decision before April 15. Applicants will be notified when action is taken. (If you have not heard back from us, it means your application is still under consideration. Baylor University is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). Baylor abides by a CGS Resolution, "Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants," that concerns the conditions surrounding the acceptance of offers of certain kinds of graduate student financial assistance, namely, scholarships, fellowships, traineeships, and assistantships. The general spirit of the Resolution is that students should have an opportunity to consider more than one offer and should have until April 15th to do so, that institutions and students should be able to view acceptances in force after April 15th as binding, that everyone should know what the rules are, and that an offer by the institution and its acceptance by the student constitute an agreement which both expect to honor.

4. Is the Physics GRE required?
No, but it is strongly urged.

5. What are the GRE (general) scores of students accepted into the program?
For the incoming fall 2014 Ph.D. students the average GRE (general) score is 1343, or equivalently a score of 321 on the new scale.

6. What stipend and tuition assistance does the department offer?
Students accepted into the program are offered the position of Teaching Assistant and given a full tuition waiver. Students are asked to teach up to 3 laboratory sections per semester or perform other teaching duties within the department. The base stipend for the department for the 2013-2014 calendar year (including summer) is $20,405. Often, however, the Graduate School offers stipend enhancements for outstanding students, which can range up to an additional $6000 per year. For fall 2013 incoming Ph.D. students, the average enhancement is $3429. Additional funds are available through individual faculty grants or Texas Space Consortium Scholarships.

7. I am an international student. What TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores are required? Is the application fee required?
Theses exams are required of all foreign national and permanent resident applicants. The minimum scores required on the TOEFL are as follows. Paper-based minimum score: 550 Computer-based minimum score: 213 Internet-based minimum score: 80. Similarly, the minimum IELTS and PTE scores are 6.5 and 58, respectively. If the minimum score is not achieved, the applicant should retake the exam. These exams are not required of applicants who have completed a bachelor's (or higher) degree from an accredited U.S. institution. Please see the Graduate School website under Application Steps>Submit Test Scores for more information. The application fee is $50. This can be waived under exceptional circumstances.

8. What is the number of graduate students in the department?
The number of graduate students in the department at the present time is 29. There are 24 TAs and 5 RAs.

9. What are the areas of study in the department?
Experimental areas:
Atomic, molecular or solid state physics
Granular systems
High energy physics
Hypervelocity impact physics
Lasers/semiconductors
Space physics
Surface physics
Theoretical areas:
Astrophysics
Condensed matter
Cosmology
Dusty Plasma physics
Elementary particle physics
Lattice QCD
Particle physics
Relativity and gravitation
Space physics
String/M-theory
Surface physics
Baylor University is listed as a "research university" with "high research activity" under the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Foundation.

10. What is the size of the faculty?
We currently have 22 faculty of all ranks in the department.

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