Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate degrees offered
- M.S.; Ph.D.
AreasAreas of Study
- Atomic, Molecular, Optical, and Plasma Physics
- Condensed Matter
- High Energy Physics
- Materials Physics
Contacts for Physics and Astronomy
On the Web
Dr. Kees Uiterwaal
Graduate Admissions Chair
Dr. Shireen Adenwalla
Ms. Marjorie Wolfe
208 Jorgensen Hall
855 N. 16th St.
Lincoln NE 68588-0299
Application checklist and deadlines
Required by the Office of Graduate Studies
- Application for Graduate Admission
- $50 non-refundable application processing fee
- One set of transcripts, uploaded to MyRED (see transcript upload requirements)
- If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiency
- If you are not a US citizen and you expect to hold an F or J visa: financial resource information
See also: steps to admission.
Required by Physics and Astronomy in GAMES
After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:
- Entrance exam(s): GRE (Physics subject test recommended)
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 80, IELTS 6.5
- Three recommendation letters
- Personal statement of educational goals and research interests
- Resume (recommended)
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for Physics and Astronomy
|For Financial Consideration||Fall: January 31|
|Otherwise||Rolling admissions. Students are admitted for fall semesters only; contact the department for more information.|
The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers programs leading to master's and doctoral degrees. With approximately 75 graduate students and 30 faculty members, the department maintains a friendly and informal atmosphere that is conducive to close interaction between faculty and students.
Our faculty bring in over $12 million per year in scientific research grants, which provides students with research assistantships, support for travel to national and international meetings, and access to state-of-the-art research equipment, including computational facilities and fully staffed electronic and instrument shops. One example of the cutting-edge research facilities available is the Extreme Light Laboratory, which houses a new multi-million-dollar laser system capable of focusing light to the highest level of intensity ever achieved. Not only is this capability expected to lead to new discoveries in fundamental physics, but it has important multidisciplinary applications in materials science, chemistry, biology, as well as medicine, security and defense.
Our program prepares students for employment in all sectors. Students interested in academic or government employment have been hired as postdoctoral research associates at Princeton, Caltech, Berkeley and the Office of Naval Research. Our graduates also work in industry at places like Seagate, Applied Magnetics, Micron and Eaton SEO and in academia, including McMurry University, Loras College, Fort Hayes State University and St. Thomas University.
Courses and MoreStudents in Physics and Astronomy are most likely to take courses in:Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.
Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.
Faculty and research
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