Application Deadlines

New graduate students are accepted for Fall term only.

Applications received before January 1st will be acted upon and notification of admission given by March 15th. Application received after January 1st will be treated individually on a "space available" basis.

The absolute closing date for Fall admission for domestic applications is June 1st of each year and May 1st for international applicants.

Assistantships and fellowships will normally be awarded by March 15th.

Required Tests

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for the Physics Graduate program. The General (Aptitude) and Subject (Advanced) test in Physics must be taken before submitting this application. Successful student in the Physics program usually have GRE scores that exceed: verbal 70%, quantitative 80%, analytical 4.0, and physics 40%. All score must be official and received from ETS. Unofficial scores may be submitted for initial application review, however, you must also request that the Educational Testing Service send an official copy of your scores to Montana State University. The institution code for Montana State University is 4488.

International Applicants

English proficiency scores with the following minimums: TOEFL (80), IELTS (level 6.5), or PTE (54), are required for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and are not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. or if the student is from a country where the English proficiency score is waived.

Please see our International application process page for a list of countries where the english proficiency score is waived as well as more information on applying as an International student.

Additional Admission Requirements

For additional required admission documents please see program website or view list of requirements in the graduate application portal. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.


Stimulating instruction and research are hallmarks of the Department of Physics at Montana State University which has been educating creative and productive scientists since 1964. The MSU physics program offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The physics faculty, with over 30 members, is committed to maintaining close contact with its more than 60 graduate students and postdoctoral scientists. As you read our literature, explore our web site and talk to our students, you will discover a faculty recognized worldwide for its research and teaching.

Our research facilities located in Barnard Hall (formally EPS), is home to state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment. External collaborations bring national and international experts to the department and open opportunities for research to be conducted at other world-class laboratories around the globe. On-campus interdisciplinary research programs include the departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Center for Biofilm Engineering and others. Research collaborations with local industries are also actively pursued. Collectively, our research groups foster interactions among the faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs., visiting scientist and other departments.

Our graduates have an excellent record of finding employment in academia and industry, including high tech companies in the Bozeman area. We hope that when you consider the opportunity to perform cutting edge physics research while interacting with world renowned faculty and other international experts, all in beautiful surroundings that offer the widest variety of outdoor activities, you will choose graduate study in physics at Montana State University