Info: For information on how to apply, please refer to the MSU Graduate School webpage

Specific Requirements to Apply to the Department of Physics

Before your application can be reviewed for admission, all of the items listed below must be submitted by the

Application Deadline of January 10th

New graduates are accepted for Fall term only. Applications received by January 10th, the priority deadline, will be acted upon and notification of admission sent by April 15th.  Applications received after January 10th will be treated individually on a "space-available" basis. Assistantships and fellowships will normally be awarded by April 15th. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. The absolute closing date for Fall admission each year is May 1st. For a complete application, all of the following points should be addressed:

Ensure all forms are filled out completely; list all colleges and universities which you have attended, no matter how brief attendance may have been or whether such attendance is shown on the transcript of another institution

NOTE:  Being admitted to the Physics graduate program does not guarantee admission to any specific group in the department, or the mentorship of a particular advisor.


Item required



GRE Scores (General and Physics)

The requirements for GREs, both general and physics subject exams, have been suspended for the 2021 academic year. We will NOT require, and will not consider, any GRE scores in graduate applications for fall 2021 enrollment.


Graduate Application Form

Application can be found here.


Personal Statement

Please include a personal statement in the form of a short essay which should include personal and academic background, research interests, reasons for selecting this program, and your future aspirations.


Official Transcripts

All applicants must submit transcripts showing proof of a bachelor’s degree, all post-bachelors transcripts, and any transcripts including 60 or more credits taken prior to the completion of a bachelor’s degree. ***Unofficial transcripts may be used for the initial application process. 


Three letters of Recommendation

Recommendations should be from individuals qualified to assess your ability and potential as a graduate student.


Submit your application ($60 application fee)



  • Applicants claiming Montana state residency must complete the appropriate residency sections in their entirety. Failure to provide all requested information, with accompanying dates, will default your residency status to "Nonresident". Corrections require a lengthy appeals process.

Please note: most students receive a Teaching Assistantship contingent on being admitted to our program. The assistantship includes a stipend and tuition waivers, however, it does not include incidental and mandatory fees, or health insurance. 

For questions regarding graduate admissions and application material, please contact Margaret Jarrett. 

Margaret Jarrett, Graduate Admissions
Department of Physics
Montana State University 
P.O. Box 173840
Bozeman, MT 59717-3840