At Brown Physics, we are committed to an inclusive environment that fosters success. 

The graduate program provides students the opportunity to perform research in cutting-edge areas of contemporary physics. With its 30 active faculty members, the Department of Physics offers graduate student research opportunities in theoretical and experimental physics in condensed matter, high energy and particles, cosmology, astrophysics, and biophysics. 

The Department is the host of the Center for the Fundamental Physics of the Universe and the Brown Theoretical Physics Center. Several department members participate in large national and international collaborations, such as the Large Hadron Collider. 

The graduate program comprises more than 100 graduate students from many different countries and backgrounds. We offer responsive advising throughout the duration of the program, from academic advising in the early stages to career counseling and post-graduation opportunities. In addition, the Graduate Program is enriched with multiple seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conferences that provide an opportunity for students to engage with visiting scholars.  

You can find more information at  Grad School

For the Ph.D. Doctoral Program, click here

For the M.S. Masters Program, click here


Information for prospective graduate students
  • Applications for the Ph.D. program open each year in early September, and the deadline is December 15th.
  • Individual assessments regarding the eligibility of application materials are not possible, do not email the department looking for feedback on your qualifications or how to maximize your chances.  All applications are considered equally after submission - presenting the strongest application is the recommendation to all. 
  • The Personal Statement section is required, but the writing sample/essay is not applicable to Physics applications.  
  • International applicants: With the exception of applicants who have previously attended an institution in Canada, the UK, or Australia, all international applicants must provide verified transcripts before they can be offered admission by the Graduate School. Applicants must provide transcripts for all previous institutions attended, and those from institutions not in the countries listed above must be verified. Applicants may use CertiFile or WES for these reports. Please request the course-by-course report.  Applicants who have been recommended for admission by the Physics Ph.D. or master's program will be asked to submit these materials at a later date. Only after receipt of these materials can applicants be offered admission by the Graduate School.
  • Admissions decisions will be sent to you by the Graduate School when they are made.  The department cannot share this information with you directly. However, if you have any questions about the program, please contact [email protected]
  • For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the admissions process, please refer to our FAQ page. 
  • The Sc.M. program has rolling admissions. The application deadline is February 1.