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(M.S., Ph.D.)

The Physics program offers a Master of Science degree, and a Doctoral degree. 

Important: Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation are required of all applicants. 


Application Instructions​ ​

Test score requirements

Program Requirements:

  • Transcripts

  • Three Letters of Recommendation

  • Résumé

  • A Statement of Purpose is required:

    • 1-2 pages; include your name in the footer of each page;

    • Please describe your plans for graduate study or research and for your future occupation or profession;

    • Include any information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation, especially any research or teaching experience and qualifications for graduate study at the University of California, Santa Cruz;

    • Please describe how the program at UC Santa Cruz in particular matches your interests and goals.

  • A Personal History Statement is also required:

    • 1-2 pages;

    • This statement will be used in conjunction with your application for graduate admission and financial support. This Personal History Statement should not duplicate the Statement of Purpose;

    • In this essay, discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how you might contribute to social or cultural diversity within your chosen field; and/or how you might serve educationally underrepresented segments of society with your degree.


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