The Physics Graduate Program
Wesleyan University is a highly selective liberal arts university located in central Connecticut. Our department provides an educational opportunity for Ph.D. students who are seeking a close working relationship with faculty and fellow students. With 9 faculty and 15-20 graduate students, the environment is supportive, without the drawbacks of large, anonymous departments.
We concentrate our research efforts in three broad fields: atomic and molecular physics (experimental and theoretical), condensed matter and biological physics (experimental and theoretical) and complex systems/quantum mechanics/computational physics (theory). Within these areas, we have small groups studying cutting-edge problems within a stimulating collegial environment. Our focused Ph.D. program is tailored to the individual and is designed to allow graduate students immediate involvement in research with a faculty member. Applicants should specify which group s/he is interested in joining. Research programs are financially supported by several outside sources, including the National Science Foundation, the American Chemical Society, and the Air Force.
There is no application fee. We strongly recommend students submit official GRE general test scores. Admission without GRE scores is possible for truly exceptional cases. GRE Physics scores are also recommended, but not required. For non-native English speakers, we expect a minimum TOEFL score of: 80 (internet-based), 213 (computer-based), or 550 (paper-based). Other evidence of English fluency can be considered but an official TOEFL score report is encouraged.
Admitted students are normally offered tuition remission and a fellowship to cover living expenses.
Wesleyan University consists of about 3000 undergraduates and 150 graduate students in Ph.D. programs in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and in Physics. The quality of the liberal education at Wesleyan attracts many of the brightest students in the world and the presence of competitive graduate research makes Wesleyan a unique opportunity for graduate study.