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 11 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 waves and quantum transport in complex media (experimental and theoretical). 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 (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the Department of Defense. 

Wesleyan University consists of about 3000 undergraduates and 150 graduate students in Ph.D. programs in BiologyChemistryMathematicsMolecular 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.  Graduate students are generally supported with full year stipends, plus a full tuition waiver through teaching assistantships.  Some research assistantships are occasionally also available.

We will be accepting applications for Spring 2020 admission from September 1-September 30, 2019, and for Fall 2020 admission through January 31, 2020 for priority consideration; applications for Fall admission may not be submitted after March 31, 2020.

Detailed instructions for completing the application can be found here.

Any questions can be addressed to:

Graduate Admissions Committee

Wesleyan University
Department of Physics
Middletown, CT 06459