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Program Description

The Department of Physics offers graduate programs leading to the MS and PhD degrees in physics. The Department is located in the 78,000 sq. ft. Physics building (built in 1999), which contains numerous research and teaching labs, offices, classrooms, a machine shop, and a physics library. Research in the UMBC Physics Department is centered in 4 main areas: condensed matter physics, quantum optics and quantum information science, astrophysics, and atmospheric physics. Faculty members are engaged in both theoretical and experimental research in these areas.

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Degrees Offered:



Condensed Matter Physics
Quantum Optics and Quantum Information

Department:  Physics

Part-Time or Full-Time:  Part-time & Full-time

Online or On Campus:  On Campus

Accelerated Program

Admissions Requirements

The admission process is competitive, with selections determined by an Admissions Committee comprised of faculty members of the Department of Physics. The number of available admission slots varies from year to year based on faculty and financial resources. Applicants are required to submit undergraduate transcripts, 3 recommendation letters, and a personal statement. GRE tests are not required for Fall 2021 admission.

Term of Admission: Fall

Domestic Application Deadline: January 1

International Application Deadline: January 1

Note for International Applicants: All international applicants should contact the Graduate Admissions Committee Chair by e-mail before beginning the application process for information about their eligibility and any special requirements. This initial e-mail should include the applicant’s undergraduate GPA and TOEFL scores.

Note for MS, Spring, and Part-Time Applicants: All students enrolled in the PhD program can earn a non-terminal MS degree en-route to the PhD. Direct admission into the MS program, admission to start in the Spring semester, and part-time admissions are rare, and usually limited to students with unusual backgrounds. Students interested in any of these options should contact the Graduate Admissions Committee Chair or the Graduate Program Director before applying.

Contact Us

Main Contact Info:  410-455-2513 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:

Dr. Theodosia Gougousi, 410-455-6874,

Graduate Admissions Committee Chair:

Dr. Matthew Pelton, 410-455-2532,

Graduate Program Coordinator:

Jennifer Salmi, 410-455-2513,

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