24 months
25548 USD/year
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The Department of Physics at the University of Wisconsin Madison has a strong tradition of graduate study and research in astrophysics; atomic, molecular, and optical physics; condensed matter physics; high energy and particle physics; plasma physics; quantum computing; and string theory. 


The Physics master of arts degree at the University of Wisconsin Madison is a purely academic degree, requiring graduate course work and passage of the qualifying examination at the master's level. It is designed to strengthen the student's physics background and enhance the opportunities for employment as a physicist or in physics education.

Research specialties within the Physics department include:

  • Theoretical physics: astrophysics; atomic, molecular, and optical physics; condensed matter physics; cosmology; elementary particle physics; nuclear physics; phenomenology; plasmas and fusion; quantum computing; statistical and thermal physics; string theory.
  • Experimental physics: astrophysics; atomic, molecular, and optical physics; biophysics; condensed matter physics; cosmology; elementary particle physics; neutrino physics; experimental studies of superconductors; medical physics; nuclear physics; plasma physics; quantum computing; spectroscopy.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Mastery of the core physical concepts (classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics).
  • Articulates, critiques, or elaborates the theories, research methods, and approaches to inquiry or schools of practice in physics.
  • Evaluates or synthesizes information pertaining to questions or challenges in physics.
  • Gains rudimentary awareness of physics research execution.
  • Communicates clearly in ways appropriate to the field of physics.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Theoretical Physics - Dynamics
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Theoretical Physics - Electrodynamics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Solid State Physics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • All applicants are reviewed and evaluated on the basis of previous academic record, three letters of recommendation, statement of purpose for graduate studies, resume, and Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general and subject scores
  • The physics subject GRE exam is required
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, the department requires a minimum score of 580 (paper-based), 237 (computer-based), or 92 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, or 7 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam
  • All eligible applicants with complete files are considered for teaching or research assistantships and fellowships

Tuition Fee

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    12219 USD/year
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1015 - 1752 USD /month
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