How to Apply

Application deadline for Ph.D. applications: January 15.

Application deadline for M.S. applications: Rolling through May 1, beginning January 15th. Please note that the application may be closed earlier if the desired cohort size is reached prior to May 1; questions can be emailed to

To apply for the program, you will need to submit:

  • An electronic application.
  • An application fee.
  • Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended (Only if you are admitted and decide to enroll should you mail official copies of all your transcripts to GSAS.  Do not mail copies of your transcripts BEFORE you are admitted and choose to enroll. All transcripts should be sent directly from the university or college attended in a sealed envelope).
  • Two letters of recommendation (submitted online).
  • curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé
  • statement of purpose indicating your reasons for undertaking graduate study. In addition, please describe your qualifications for the academic program and your objectives in undertaking this program. Applicants to the doctoral program should clearly outline their research interests and how they would complement those of the faculty. Applicants to the master's program should discuss their academic and professional career plans and how the Graduate School could help them attain their goals.
  • Standardized tests: The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test is required. The GRE subject test is recommended, but not required. Our ETS institution code is 3092.
Detailed instructions concerning the application process may be found on the GSAS application page.

International students:  Additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL, IELTS and PTE scores, and important information regarding visas may be found on the GSAS international applicants page.

Contact Information:

Chairman, Graduate Admissions Committee
Department of Physics
MS 057 Brandeis University
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454-9110

(781) 736-2803
(781) 736-2915 (fax)