The application process and many admissions requirements are set by the Rutgers School of Graduate Studies. The Physics and Astronomy program reviews all applications and makes recommendations on admissions and support packages.
To obtain the necessary application forms for admission to the Rutgers School of Graduate Studies and Physics and Astronomy program, please:Go to the Rutgers School of Graduate Studies web page (http://grad.rutgers.edu/sgs/) to access the on-line application forms. On-line application is strongly recommended!
If you cannot access the application materials on-line, you can request them from:
Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
56 College Ave
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901, U.S.A.
If the above methods fail, or if you have questions, you can contact us at:
Department of Physics and Astronomy
136 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854-8019 USA
Telephone: (848) 445-8765
Fax: (732) 445-4343
The application process is described at http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/apply/application-guidelines. Your application fee and materials must be submitted to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. There is a fee waiver program for "for students who possess qualities and experiences that enhance the diversity of the intellectual, cultural, and social environments at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities." See https://www.btaa.org/resources-for/students/freeapp/introduction. Otherwise, the fee is not normally waived, but can be deferred. Supplementary materials (letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.) should also be sent to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. Please be sure to ask that supplementary material indicates that you are applying to the Physics and Astronomy program. Most materials, including letters of recommendation, can now be submitted on-line.
Special note for fall 2021 applicants: The paragraph after this describes the usual GRE requirements. Taking the GRE has been complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, both the general and Physics subject GRE exams will be optional for all fall 2021 applicants.
All applicants must take the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Physics applicants are required to take the physics subject test. For astronomy applicants, the physics subject test is optional. There is no minimum required GRE score for admission. To ensure that the GRE scores are promptly reported to our Admissions Committee, we recommend that applicants for September admissions should take the GRE tests in the previous October, although scores from the previous December tests can also be considered. For January admissions, we recommend that applicants take the August GRE tests.
Applicants whose native language is not English are also required by the Graduate School to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A score of at least 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or, writing-22, speaking-23, reading-21, listening-17 (internet based) on the TOEFL is usually required for admission; a score of at least 600 (paper)/230 (computer) /95 (internet-based combined) is usually expected for candidates for a teaching assistantship appointment.
Information is available on the web for the GRE and TOEFL exams, and for the ETS. Or, write to the Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6000, and request information on the GRE and TOEFL exams. (Some summary information about the GRE is provided here.)
A cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better in undergraduate courses is normally required for admission. Admissions decisions are based on the undergraduate record, GRE examination scores, personal statement, and letters of recommendation. The review process generally starts by mid January with the first admissions offers being made about the end of January. Generally final decisions are made before April 15 on all completed applications received by January. While late applications may be considered, admission and financial support depend on availability of positions. In order to receive full consideration for financial aid, applicants should submit all materials (application, transcripts, and letters of recommendation) before January 1 for fall admission and before November 1 for spring admission.