How to Apply

Students seeking admission to one of our graduate programs (Ph.D, Master of Physics, or Master of Engineering Physics) must hold a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent–preferably in physics although we do consider applicants with closely related majors with significant advanced physics courses.  Contact the Graduate Coordinator by email to discuss your background and plans.

Application requirements:

  • GRE exam (Institution Code: 3916)
  • Physics Subject GRE. [1] This exam should be taken in the Fall of your senior year and requires advanced registration. {COVID-19 Update: The Subject exam is not required for those applying for admission SP2021 and Fall 2021.}
  • Official English proficiency examination scores are required from international applicants, unless the applicant has received a degree from an English-speaking institution.  The University accepts TOEFL, IELTS and PTE.
    • The Department normally requires a 92 or higher TOEFL score.
  • Applicants should have a gpa of 3.0 or better. Candidates with lower gpa may be considered if they have a 3.0 in advanced physics & math undergraduate courses.
  • Reference letters are an important part of our review process. We suggest that you choose faculty very familiar with your advanced physics/math performance and especially value references who can comment on your research experience and ability.
  • Candidates are automatically considered for a Teaching Assistantship. Please indicate if you do not wish to be considered for support.


Candidates should apply directly to the Graduate School. All application materials will be submitted through the Graduate School application process.

It is best to have all your application materials into the Graduate School prior to January 15 for Fall admission. We occasionally have openings for Spring Admission; please contact the Graduate Coordinator for information on Spring admission.

For more information

Visit the UMaine Graduate School website:

Contact the Physics Graduate Coordinator for any departmental questions or to arrange a tour:

James McClymer, Graduate Coordinator
Department of Physics and Astronomy
The University of Maine
5709 Bennett Hall
Orono, ME  04469



[1] While the subject GRE is required, the department will consider applications without the subject GRE if justification is provided. Admitted students must take the subject GRE as soon as possible.