Physics & Astronomy

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: When are applications due?

A: Applications for admission for the Fall of 2023 are due on January 23, 2023. 

Q: What kinds of research do you do?

A: Please look at this webpage for a detailed description of the research performed at the University of Wyoming:

Q: Will I receive financial aid?

A: We normally expect to provide financial support to all of our admitted PhD students through graduate assistantships, for teaching or conducting research with funded faculty members, assuming satisfactory progress.  Prospective graduate students expecting support as teaching assistants will be expected to know English sufficiently (English Oral exam will be required) well to perform their duties.

Q: When can I expect to begin research?

A: When students are admitted to the University of Wyoming they are expected to focus on classes for at least the first year. So, it might be two years before you could think about seriously working on research projects.  This holds true at most major U.S. research universities.

Q: What is the ETS code for University of Wyoming?

A: The ETS code for University of Wyoming is: 4855.

Q: What GPA/GRE scores do I need to be admitted?

A: Our department does not have minimal acceptable scores for standardized tests (e.g. general and subject GREs, TOEFL) and will review all applications on their total merits.  We cannot guarantee admission based purely on test scores and GPA.  The candidates we accept each year depend on the relative strength of entire pool of applicants.  Our admissions decisions are based on more than just test scores.  We also consider applicants with strong recommendations, a compelling personal statement, and demonstrated previous research experience.

Q: (For International Applicants) What is the minimum English Proficiency Test (such as TOEFL or IELTS) scores do I need to be admitted?

A: According to the University Policy, a minimum score of 540 on the written exam, or 76 on the Internet-based test is required for full admission. We will also accept official IELTS scores. A minimum score of 6.0 is required for full admission.
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