Graduate Studies

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Fall 2021 Program Update

Following an extensive graduate curriculum review, the Physics Graduate Program will institute several changes to the graduate curriculum starting fall 2021. These changes are aimed at realizing our updated learning objectives, centered around student learning and professional development. Changes include eliminating the pass-fail qualifying exam and reimagining a Qualifying Event, return of the Math Methods requirement, and new electives in computation and instrumentation. For more information regarding our learning objectives and associated curriculum changes, please see here.


Over the last three centuries, the study of physics has revealed a world remarkably united around a small set of fundamental laws and basic forces of nature. These laws govern phenomena as varied as the behavior of subatomic particles and the motion of galaxies, making the study of physics a basic foundation for all the physical and life sciences.

At Yale, theorists and experimentalists explore and test these physical laws and search for new phenomena that will provide evidence for more comprehensive and unified theories. Yale’s Department of Physics is recognized for its experimental and theoretical work on nuclear, atomic, solid state, and high-energy particle physics.

Research areas

Research areas include atomic physics and quantum optics; nuclear physics; particle physics; astrophysics and cosmology; condensed matter; quantum information physics; applied physics; and other areas in collaboration with the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Applied Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Geology and Geophysics, Astronomy, and Yale’s Integrated Graduate Program in Physical and Engineering Biology (PEB). Please see our Research pages for further information.

Prospective students

Prospective students interested in learning more about our program, please see our prospective student pages. Application season is August to December for the following academic year. All students start in the fall.


Karsten Heeger, Department Chair, 203-432-3650
Bonnie Fleming, Director of Graduate Studies, 203-432-3235,
Simon Mochrie, Director of Graduate Admissions, 203-436-4809,
Rona Ramos, Graduate Program Coordinator, 203-432-3655,
Stacey Watts, Graduate Registrar, 203-432-3605,