Physics: PhD

Graduate students in physics in the College of Arts and Sciences pursue a PhD in close collaboration with research faculty leading investigations in a wide range of experimental and theoretical research areas such as:

  • Astrophysics
  • Biophysics
  • Soft condensed matter
  • Hard condensed matter
  • Free electron physics
  • Gravitational waves
  • High energy physics
  • Optics
  • Quantum information science
  • Solid-state physics

State-of-the-art laboratories are found in Willamette Hall, home of the physics department. Physics graduate students routinely work at one of several research facilities

  • LIGO gravitational wave detector
  • CERN large hadron collider
  • CAMCOR housing capital-intensive equipment for microanalysis, surface analysis, electron microscopy, semiconductor device fabrication, as well as traditional chemical characterization 

Application at a Glance

You apply for admission through your program. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website. The following are required for your application:

Program-Specific Application Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose


  • GRE (UO Institution Code: 4846)
  • GRE Physics subject test



Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
College of Arts and Sciences
Campus: Eugene
Fall Term:
Final Deadline - January 15
This program may accept applications after the posted deadline on a space-available basis. Refer to the program’s website for more details.