Graduate Admissions

The Physics graduate program offers broad research opportunities in gravitational physics, cosmology and astrophysics, experimental and theoretical surface science and condensed matter physics, femtosecond laser spectroscopy, nuclear physics, and non-linear dynamics. Special opportunities exist in the LIGO gravity-wave detector project, and in experimental programs in superconductivity and magnetism, and in experimental and theoretical programs in electron microscopy and holography, synchrotron-based infrared spectroscopy, x-ray and electron diffraction and spectroscopy, and nanostructure growth.

You may request further information about the Physics graduate program by e-mailing


  • The Physics Department admits new students only in the Fall Semester.
  • For those who submit all required items by December 15th, it is possible (but not guaranteed) that early review of exceptional applications may be done.
  • Applicants for Fall admission should see that all of their materials have been received before February 1st.
  • The committee will begin meeting in early January and continue until all our slots are filled (usually mid-March).
  • Decisions and offers will be made starting in mid-January.

All Students

Complete an UWM Graduate School On-line Application Form. Application fees for the University, as well as additional fees for processing of international applications, if applicable, can all be paid on-line. Applicants will need to provide post-secondary transcripts. Send all items for the Graduate School to:

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Attn: Graduate School Admissions
P. O. Box 340
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0340

If using a courier, send to:

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Attn: Graduate School Admissions
3203 North Downer Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211

The general telephone number for the Graduate School is 414/ 229-6569. Their fax is 414/ 229-6967.

Important: The admissions committee in Physics meets on a regular basis to review applications. To facilitate a preliminary (accelerated) evaluation of materials, please provide the following documents directly to the Physics Department:

  1. Current CV or resume
  2. Statement of Purpose
  3. GRE scores (arrange to have them sent from ETS — UWM’s university code is 1473; results will automatically be sent to the Physics Dept. as well as the University). GRE results. General scores are required by the Physics department. The Physics “subject” test is highly recommended. High scores will always benefit an applicant.
  4. Transcripts (English preferred, if possible, for international applications). Official transcripts are always preferred.
  5. English proficiency results (TOEFL), if applicable. Scores should be from within 2 years of application. Additional information about the TOEFL tests is available on the site for International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) through the UW-Milwaukee Center for International Education
  6. Arrange to have three (3) letters of recommendation sent directly to the department. Letters should be on letterhead, dated and signed by the referees. It is highly preferred that these letters are mailed directly, but full scans, sent directly from the referees, are also acceptable and should be sent to Further, each referee should complete our “request for report” form. Using the following link (printable pdf) applicants should first print the form and complete the top portion, then provide it to their referees, either in hard copy form or via a scanned document sent by email. Once the referees receive the form, it is preferred that they print it out (if need be), complete it accordingly, sign and date it, and then send it to the department, either by mail or courier, using the address at the bottom of the form, or via a scanned document sent by email to:

Send all items via regular mail to:

Dept. of Physics
Attn: Graduate Admissions
PO Box 413
Milwaukee, WI  53201

For items being sent via a courier, please use the following address.

Attn: Graduate Admissions
3135 North Maryland Ave
Room 2150
Milwaukee, WI 53211

For items being sent electronically, please send to

International Students

They must additionally provide:

  1. Proof of English proficiency
  2. Confidential Financial Statement [ PDF Form ]. (Most students are supported by a Teaching Assistantship (TA) or Research Assistantship RA. Therefore, you may just sign this form and return it to expedite processing of your package. If we cannot offer you a TA or RA we will inform you as soon as possible, at which time you can resubmit the form with the other documentation they require.)

For further instructions on how to apply as an international student, please consult the Center for International Education at UWM, which will have the most up-to-date requirements for any international students.

Special Student Status

An individual wishing to enroll in selected graduate courses in physics may register as a Special Student through the UWM Admissions Office. However, courses taken as a special student are not normally counted toward a graduate degree program.