Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies at UC Merced

Physics student working in lab at CastleThe mission of the Physics graduate program at UC Merced is to train our next generation of scientific leaders. Our graduates will be well prepared to conduct and communicate independent research at the knowledge frontier, advancing fundamental understanding of the world around us and using physics to solve important problems in society.

The expertise and perspectives required to address many important scientific and technological challenges, from renewable energy to advanced computation to human health, are not confined to single disciplines. Research in Physics graduate studies span the traditional disciplines of physics as well as related interdisciplinary areas. Emphasis areas include atomic, molecular and optical physics (AMO), condensed matter physics, materials physics, nanoscience, and energy science. You can learn more about graduate programs at UC Merced in this video.Optics in the Sharping lab

While the M.S. degree is offered, admission normally is granted only to students who intend to pursue a Physics Ph.D. Students work closely with one or more program faculty to identify, design, and carry out an independent research project that advances knowledge in the field.

Admissions

We invite applications from students from all backgrounds, with a strong academic preparation in physics or a closely related discipline. Our PhD students come to Merced from our local area (Merced, Fresno), other parts of California and the US, and foreign countries such as Iran, China, India, Nepal, and Cyprus.

See our graduate program flyer and our listing in the AIP GradSchoolShopper.

Graduate applications proceed through the Graduate Division of UC Merced. Information on application requirements (including GRE and TOEFL for international applicantscan be found at the Graduate Admissions websiteIf 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.

PRIORITY DEADLINE: December 31, 2017 (applications will receive priority review)
GENERAL DEADLINE: January 15, 2018 (applications reviewed after the priority deadline)
Any late applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis if space is available. 

Prospective graduate students are encouraged to contact individual faculty members to discuss their research interests.
A limited number of application fee waivers are available to qualified applicants. Please contact the admissions chair for additional information.

We are beginning to require the physics GRE subject exam; however, the requirement is waived for this year since applicants may not have had time to take the exam yet. We recommend you submit GRE physics scores if you have taken the exam. Applications submitted Dec 2018/Jan 2019 will require the physics GRE.
Typical funding level for students on TA, GSR, or fellowship is around $27,000 per year.

Physics program learning outcomes

Graduates of the Physics Ph.D. program will:

  1. Possess a broad foundation in the fundamentals of physics and a deep understanding of their chosen subfield, which will permit them to understand and critically evaluate current research.
  2. Have the experimental, theoretical, and/or computational skills necessary to conduct and lead independent responsible research and contribute to knowledge in their chosen subfield.
  3. Identify new research opportunities, which may cross traditional discipline boundaries, plan effective strategies for pursuing these opportunities and conduct research that makes a new contribution to knowledge in their chosen subfield of physics and solve important problems in society.
  4. Communicate both fundamental concepts of physics and details of their own research effectively, in written and oral form, including in a classroom setting to expert and non-expert audiences. This includes the publication of original research results in peer reviewed scientific journals.

Graduates of the Physics master's program will:

  1. Possess a broad foundation in the fundamentals of physics and a deep understanding of their chosen subfield, which will permit them to understand and critically evaluate current research.
  2. Be proficient in professional skills necessary to lead a productive career in physics or a related career
  3. Communicate both fundamental concepts of physics and details of their own research effectively, in written and oral form, to expert and non-expert audiences.

 

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Physics Graduate Group Chair
Sayantani Ghosh, Associate Professor
 
Physics Undergraduate Lead
Lin Tian, Associate Professor
 
Physics Bylaw Unit Chair
Kevin Mitchell, Professor
 
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