Graduate applications proceed through the Graduate Division of UC Merced. Information on application requirements (including GRE and TOEFL for international applicants) can be found at the Graduate Admissions website. There are no cutoffs scores for the GRE or physics GRE; these scores are taken into account along with the rest of the application materials in making admissions decisions. If the student's undergraduate education was taught in English, we can waive the TOEFL for admissions purposes, although upon arrival he/she will have to demonstrate English competence with the English Language Institute (on campus) for any TA appointment. Self-reported scores are sufficient for applying, but official score reports will be needed to confirm if you are admitted. Your statement of purpose should be approximately one to two pages in length, and discuss why you wish to enter our PhD program, what your research interests are, who of our faculty you are interested in working with, any previous research experience, and what your career plans for the future are. Submission of work from previous research (e.g. articles or masters thesis) is optional but encouraged. For recommendation letters, if you have done a masters degree and/or performed research, please be sure to have at least one reference pertaining to those experiences.
PRIORITY DEADLINE: December 15, 2019 (applications will receive priority review)
GENERAL DEADLINE: January 15, 2020 (applications reviewed after the priority deadline)
Application fee (or waiver form) must be submitted by the application deadline as well. Any late applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis if space is available. Please email the admissions chair if you apply after Jan. 15. Admissions decisions will be sent out on a rolling basis starting in January. Accepted students' decision whether to enroll is due April 15.
Prospective graduate students are encouraged to contact individual faculty members to discuss their research interests and see whether they are taking new students; however, admission is not to a specific research group but to the PhD program as a whole. To receive general information about UC Merced graduate studies, you can submit your contact details here.
Application fee waivers are available automatically to participants in programs such as Cal Bridge, UC LEADS, California Alliance for Minority Participation, LSAMP, AISES, and SACNAS (see application for full list). A limited number of waivers are also available to other qualified applicants with financial hardship -- please contact the admissions chair as soon as possible to request, providing GRE scores, TOEFL/IELTS if applicable, GPA, and brief statement of research interests.