Prospective Student Information

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Yale Graduate Physics program. We are excited for you to learn more about what the Physics Ph.D. program at Yale has to offer.

2022 Application Announcement

Yale Physics will not be accepting the General GRE and Physics GRE scores for 2022 graduate program applications. See more on applying here.

Informational Webinars

Physics and Applied Physics Slides
Physics and Applied Physics Recording
Friday, November 5 at 1:00 pm EDT

Physics and Astronomy Slides
Physics and Astronomy Recording
Friday, November 12 at 1:00 pm EST

Research & Discovery

The Department of Physics offers studies in a wide range of fields and encourages cross-disciplinary studies between various Yale departments as well. The Department has a diverse faculty pool with the majority of professors having their primary appointment in the Physics Department. The specific interests of the Department’s faculty members fall into several areas of research which are detailed on the Department’s Research Page

Community & Belonging

We continue to value and encourage diversity in our program with the shared values of respect, commitment to every student’s well-being, inclusivity, community, and integrity in all our work. See more about our values and work towards a more inclusive department in our Statement of Principles.

Education & Legacy

Graduate students spend their first four semesters taking both core courses and getting involved in research, with full time research starting in the summer of their second year. The average graduate takes approximately six years to complete the program as described in our PhD timeline. Our alumni go to prestigious positions in academia and industry. You can check out more about the exciting work previous students have completed on our Alumni page.

Supporting our Students

Each of our students receive a generous stipend, free health insurance for themselves, and fully subsidized tuition. Physics students are expected to serve as teaching fellows, for at least four terms, learning the fundamentals of teaching as part of their professional development in the program.  Depending on the level of support available to individual laboratories, some students may teach more than others. Many students choose to continue teaching past their requirements for the experience and extra funds.

Extracurriculars, Outreach, & Leisure

During their free time, many of our students enjoy participating in our departmental student organizations and university cultural centers, student groups and activities.  New Haven, and its surrounding towns, have many restaurants, art & cultural events, and recreational activities to enjoy. Yale is situated 90 minutes from New York and 2 ½ hours from Boston with convenient transportation options offered. 


More information about our program can be found in our graduate program handbook and on the Graduate School of Arts and Science Program and Policies website

Feel free to reach out with any questions to our Graduate Program Team, listed below. We are happy to hear from you.


Helen Caines, Director of Graduate Admissions,
Bonnie Fleming, Director of Graduate Studies,
Rona Ramos, Graduate Program Coordinator,
Stacey Watts, Graduate Registrar,
Karsten Heeger, Department Chair,