Admissions and Aid

To apply to the Doctoral Program in Physics, please visit the Graduate Center Office of Admissions website.

Application Deadline: January 10

Special Requirements for Admission

In addition to the general University requirements for admission stated in this catalog, applicants must have received a minimum average of B in their work in undergraduate physics and mathematics and have taken a sufficient number of courses in these fields to indicate that they will profit from graduate study in physics. Applicants with master's degrees in physics from accredited institutions may be considered for admission, even if they do not satisfy the above requirements.

Learn more or apply online

Fellowships and Financial Aid

Students are supported by a variety of mechanisms. There is support from The Graduate Center and from the campus at which they are affiliated. First year students receive full support from the Graduate Center. After passing the first exam at the end of year 1, students must select an advisor. From this time on support may include research assistantships supported by faculty grants and contracts, teaching assistantships and fellowships.

Minority students, in addition to the normal support mechanisms, benefit from a variety of additional special federally financed fellowships designed to increase the number of minority scientists.

Every applicant to The Graduate Center’s doctoral programs will automatically be considered for five-year institutional funding packages. The aid we offer — including fellowships, tuition awards, and assistantships — is based on merit. 

Learn more about institutional aid for doctoral students »

Federal aid for doctoral students includes:

New York State also provides the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for eligible graduate students who are New York State residents.

Additional funding may be available to incoming students from underrepresented populations through offerings from the Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity, including several fellowships and the CUNY Pipeline Program for undergraduate CUNY students.

Learn more about funding opportunities from OEOD »

Tuition and Fees

Tuition rates for doctoral programs at The Graduate Center are based on a student's “level,” which is determined by a combination of the number of graduate credits completed (including, in the case of transfer students, credits accepted by the student's degree program and the Registrar) and specific academic accomplishments. 

The fee structure is also affected by a student’s resident status.

See current doctoral tuition rates »

Each student will be billed for a Graduate School student activities fee, a University student senate fee, a University consolidated services fee and a technology fee. These fees are not refundable.

Additional Information

GC Links

Visit the following links for additional information for prospective students:

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