Admission Requirements

Department Chair: Lorin Matthews
Director of Graduate Studies: David Hilton

The department offers the Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in physics. For admission to major graduate study in physics, students must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Thirty-two semester hours of undergraduate physics, including six semester hours of 4000-level courses in physics.
  2. Eighteen semester hours in undergraduate mathematics, including differential equations.
  3. Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE). The Graduate Record Examination Subject Test in physics is optional.
  4. International students must also take the TOEFL exam and earn a score on it of at least 80. International students who have earned, or are in the process of earning, an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university in United States are exempt from this requirement and need not take the TOEFL.

For admission to minor graduate study in physics, students must have completed a minimum of nineteen semester hours in undergraduate physics and must satisfy the prerequisites for the courses which are to be counted for graduate credit.


Baylor Sciences Building D.311
One Bear Place #97316
Waco, TX 76798-7316

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