Programs of Study

The Department of Physics offers programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, and both thesis and non-thesis M.S. tracks are available. However, preference in admission will be given to Students seeking a Ph.D. degree. Usually a Ph.D. student devotes the first year mostly to basic courses, and takes the qualifying exam at the first January following his arrival. Students should become involved with a research project by the second year, and after passing the qualifying exam, must present the beginnings of a research project to a committee within six months. This presentation will normally turn into a dissertation, but the student is not bound to it and can switch to another project or even another area of research later. Typically 5-10 candidates are admitted to the PhD program every year and are offered financial support.


Consideration is given to applicants who have a B.S. degree in physics (or related field) with a minimum undergraduate GPA of B. The general GRE is required and subject GRE is recommended. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries must demonstrate proficiency in English via the TOEFL or IELTS test, even if they have previously taken courses in the US. There is not minimum GRE score for admission (although a quantitative score higher than 700 is recommended), while the minimum TOEFL score for admission is 80 in the Internet based test, or equivalent (550 in the paper based test and 213 in the Computer based one). The minimum IELTS score is 6.5.

Application deadline for the Fall Semester is February 1st. Application for financial aid is automatic and does not require any additional document on the part of the applicant. The only accepted form of application is online through the Graduate School web page. You can also obtain a profile as well as some general information regarding our department. In addition to excellence in the academic background, consideration for admission is also based on diversity and interest in one of the research fields of the Department. While not bound to it, please indicate in your application your field of interest and whether you are interested in experimental or theoretical work.

We usually do not offer Spring admission and all applications will be considered for fall admission, regardless of the time of submission. In rare circumstances, an exception can be made, and the applicant should contact us at the address reported below to request it before applying.

Please read the full document for additional useful information regarding admission.

Application Checklist

  • Application Form
  • Statement of Research
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE scores
  • Official TOEFL score
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Financial Aid

Financial support during the academic year is available in the form of either research assistantships (RAs), teaching assistantships (TAs). Research and teaching assistantships include a stipend of $22,000 per nine months as well as a tuition stipend for 9 credits per semester.

Additional financial support during the summer is also generally available for research or teaching. Moreover, special summer research fellowships are available on a competitive basis.


Prospective students are also eligible for the University of Miami Fellowship. The fellowship provides funding for a Ph.D. student for two years at $25,000 per year. The deadline for the fellowship is the same as for admission and no additional application is required by the student.

Contact Information

Correspondence and information should be directed to:

Prof. Olga Korotkova
Chairs of the Graduate Recruitment Committee
Department of Physics
University of Miami
1320 Campo Sano Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33146, USA

Please note that, while a candidate can contact directly individual faculties for inquiries about their research areas and potential future openings in their group, all admissions will be handled in the same way by the Admission Committee, regardless of any prior contact with a faculty.

Living and Housing Costs

On campus lodging is not available for graduate students. Typical rents for off-campus apartments are $800-$900 per month for one bedroom, and $900-$1100 per month for two bedrooms. A typical rent for a room in a house off-campus is $500-$700 per month, and the cost of living is generally lower than in the urban areas of the northern and western United States.


The Department is housed in the new James L. Knight Physics Building in the Coral Gables campus. This campus occupies 260 beautifully landscaped acres in a predominantly residential area. Coral Gables is an affluent suburb of metropolitan Miami, which is the largest urban area in Florida. Downtown Miami is readily accessible by Metrorail train, which has a stop next to the campus.

Miami is a center of Latin culture and is the commercial gateway to Latin America. It offers all the amenities of a large and prosperous city, as well as an excellent oceanside climate of warm winters and moderate summers. There are many excellent restaurants and a full schedule of theater, museum exhibits, and concerts. Professional sports events and unrivaled water recreation are also among Miami's attractions.

The University

The University of Miami was founded in 1925, and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Individual programs are accredited by a total of twelve professional agencies. It is the largest private university in the Southeast, and has a full-time enrollment of more than 14,000, including more than 3,000 graduate students and 2,000 law and medical students. Two colleges and ten schools are located on the main campus in Coral Gables. The University's medical school, the fourth-largest in the United States, is situated in Miami's civic center, and the Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is located on Virginia Key. Funded research activities total over hundred million per year.