Graduate Program in Physics

The Department of Physics at Washington University in St. Louis aims to prepare its graduate students for a broad range of careers, from academia and teaching to high-tech and industry. Students first develop a solid and broad base of physics knowledge through our core curriculum and departmental colloquia. Upper level courses and departmental seminar series provide more specialized exposure. Learning and research take place in both formal and informal settings with a wide range of colleagues, including faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, research scientists, and graduate student peers.

The Department of Physics is committed to the promotion of diversity within the culture of scientific inquiry. We especially encourage the application of women and under-represented minorities to our graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as for faculty and staff openings.
Typically, there are 80-90 full-time graduate students in our department, of whom 20-25% are female, 40-45% are Americans of diverse backgrounds, and 55-60% are foreign students.