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Graduate Program


At this time, we have made 1st and 2nd round admission offers for our graduate program - with over 400 complete applications, we cannot guarantee you will receive an admission offer from Michigan State.  All admission offers will be sent via the email address provided on your application.

A broad range of research areas is available in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at MSU. Our motivated, high quality graduate students are crucial to the success of these programs. Prospective graduate students are always welcome to contact the research faculty in their field of interest or to direct their questions to the Graduate Program Director (

The procedure for applying to the program is here.

Graduate students at MSU are not merely physicists. Many of us also become proficient in biology, chemistry, computer programming, engineering, mathematics, and much more. We can be geeky, but we're also athletes, dancers, gamers, musicians, parents, singers, writers and much more. Check out our newest student group WaMPS!

Micha prepares the 4Pi Detector for its final experiment

Mickey prepares the 4Pi Detector for its final experiment

Graduate Student Demographics:

  • 198 Ph.D. students
  • 18 M.S. students
  • 20% female students
  • 22% international students
  • 9% minority students

Graduate students all over the world are working for departments. At MSU, the Department of Physics and Astonomy works with the graduate students. There's a cooperative atmosphere that allows us to grow professionally and personally, whether it's by starting a physics choir or studying an interdisciplinary field. Graduate students also have a seat on most departmental committees.

The menu at the right contains links for lots of information of interest to both current graduate students and to those interested in becoming graduate students in the MSU Department of Physics & Astronomy.