Graduate Admissions Process
1. Submit your Apply Texas Application electronically before the appropriate deadline.
When filling out your application, be sure that you are applying to the main Texas A&M campus in College Station.
You will also be required to pay the application fee before submitting your application.
Applications for Fall 2016 require a fee of $50 for domestic students and $90 for International students.
Limited financial assistance is available for low-income applicants. Please contact email@example.com to request assistance.
Application deadlines for Fall 2016 admission:
- Domestic applicants: December 1, 2015
- International applicants: December 15, 2015
Applications will still be accepted after the deadline; however, please note that applications received by the deadlines above will be processed first.
2. Submit your official test scores directly to Texas A&M from ETS.
Use Institution Code 6003 to ensure that your scores are sent to the main Texas A&M campus in College Station. A department code is not needed.
Required score reports:
- GRE General Test (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing)
- GRE Subject Test in Physics
- TOEFL or IELTS Test required for all international applicants
3. Submit your supplemental materials directly to the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Your supplemental materials may be uploaded online through AIS (see *below), by postal mail at the address listed below, or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supplemental Materials include:
Resume or CV
List of publications or statement of research experience (when applicable)
At least three letters of recommendation (submitted through AIS or by postal only)
Personal Statement (submitted as part of the ApplyTexas application or sent directly to the department)
Transcript - for consideration purposes, we will accept unofficial transcripts. However, please note that if you receive and accept an offer, the Office of Admissions will need an official copy of your final transcript. If your official scores and grades do not match any unofficial copies that you submitted (exclduding current courses), your application will be subject to automatic rejection and any offers will be rescinded. Transcripts that are not written in English must be accompanied by a certified translation
*A few days after submitting your Apply Texas application, you will receive an email from the Office of Admissions containing your Universal Identification Number (UIN). Once you receive your UIN, you must activate your Net ID on the Applicant Information System (AIS).
If you would prefer to mail your supplemental material directly to the department:Graduate Admissions Committee
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4242 Back to top
What Happens Next?
1. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning with domestic students.
Texas A&M University offers a number of Merit fellowships (for outstanding academic records) and Diversity fellowships (for minority students in science, as determined by the university) for domestic graduate students. The Department of Physics and Astronomy reviews domestic applications first in order to determine which applicants are eligible for these fellowships.
If you believe you may be eligible for a Diversity fellowship, please briefly include your reasoning in an email to email@example.com.
2. Once fellowship nominations have concluded, all remaining domestic and international applications are reviewed.
It is important to send supplemental materials as early as possible to ensure your application is reviewed in a timely manner.
The department does not have minimum test scores or GPA requirements for admission *see * below for exception). All applications are weighed against the others, so your odds of acceptence are based upon how the strength of your fellow applicants. Additionally, weakness in one area of consideration (e.g. GRE scores or grades) can be offset by strength in another area (e.g. publications or research experience).
*New requirement - all International students are now required to have at least one of the following scores in order to qualify for admission into Texas A&M University:
- GRE Verbal score of 146 (400 old scoring system), or
- IELTS score of band 6.0, or
- TOEFL score of at least 80 on TOEFL iBT (550 paper-based), or
- GMAT Verbal socre of at least 22, or
- a PTE Academic score of at least 53, or
- Acquiring alternative verification from the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies via a departmental request. An internationl graduate student holding a Masters degree from an accredited U.S. institution qualifies for alternative verification.
You can find more information at http://ogaps.tamu.edu/English-Language-Proficiency-Requirements
3. All applicants receiving an offer of admission will be sent an offer letter to the email address listed on the application.
Admissions decisions are based both on the merit of the applicants and the needs of individual research groups within the department. There is no ranked waiting list.
4. All offers must be accepted or declined in writing by April 15.
If you receive an offer letter, please return the signed decision sheet before the decision deadline of April 15, by either postal mail or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). All scanned forms received by email before midnight on April 15 will be considered valid.
Once all decisions have been received, the Graduate Admissions Committee will meet to decide whether any new offers will be made, based again on the merits of the remaining applicants and the needs of the department.
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