About the Graduate Program

Graduate Studies

We appreciate your interest in the Graduate Program in Physics at the University of Nevada, Reno, and hope that the information on these pages will convince you that our department and programs offer an excellent environment for personal and professional growth.

The Physics Department represents a community of 16 academic faculty, 16 research faculty, 7 postdoctoral fellows and 54 graduate students. Approximately one-third of these students are in the Atmospheric Sciences graduate program. The relatively small size of the department provides the opportunity for a high level of individual communication between students and the faculty. Despite our small size, broad scientific and educational opportunities and experiences are available to students.

We offer M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics, and in atmospheric sciences through the Atmospheric Sciences Center of the Desert Research Institute. A Ph.D. program in Chemical Physics, administered in cooperation with the Chemistry Department, offers both chemistry and physics graduate students an opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary studies.

Admission and Financial Aid

The University of Nevada, Reno operates on a semester system with terms beginning in late August and late January. You should submit your application for admission to the Graduate Program in Physics five months prior to the beginning of the semester if you wish to compete for financial aid. Late applications are accepted, pending available space in the program. All applicants must take the verbal and quantitative parts of the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants are also strongly encouraged to take the physics subject GRE. International applicants must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Research and teaching assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Most students obtain financial support from one of these sources. Summer research positions also are available in the department and at the Desert Research Institute (DRI). These positions provide excellent research opportunities as well as income for students.