University at Albany

Graduate Admission

Combined B.S.-M.S. Program

Qualified undergraduates may apply for admission to the M.S. program and, if accepted, simultaneously work toward completion of the requirements for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. See the undergraduate bulletin for details.

M.S. and Ph.D. Graduate Programs

Prospective students should submit their applications by February 15 for fall admission and December 15 for spring admission. Applicants are strongly encouraged to adhere to these guidelines to receive full consideration.

Requirements for Admission

In addition to the general University requirements, applicants are expected to have an undergraduate degree in physics or in a closely related field. Applicants from other areas may be considered in exceptional cases.

Although the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), both general and physics subject tests, are not required for full consideration, applicants are strongly encouraged to take them and submit their scores.

Prospective students should specify their career goals and research interests in the Statement of Purpose. This will not be interpreted as a strict commitment on the part of the student to the particular field of study and research. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted directly to the Graduate School.

All foreign applicants are required to submit the results of the TOEFL exam unless they have an undergraduate degree from an institution with English language instruction. The minimum score to receive funding is 100, 250 or 600, depending on the test format.

Applications should be made directly to the university, and a copy should be emailed to the physics department. University requires a $75 application fee. More information on the application process is available at

Graduate Funding

Nearly all full-time Ph.D. students receive financial support as Teaching or Research Assistants or through various fellowships. Funding is generally not available for part time or Masters students.

Please contact us for more information. Write to:
Paul Labate
Department of Physics 
University at Albany Albany, NY 12222
Telephone: 1-518-442-4501 
Fax: 1-518-442-5260