Thank you for your interest in applying to the Ph.D. program of the USC Department of Physics and Astronomy. Our rigorous program provides students with a broad education in physics while giving them an opportunity to conduct hands-on indepenent research in an area of their choosing. Our vibrant program currently includes more than 80 Ph.D. students from all around the world. These students work collaboratively with our world-class faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and research scientists on a wide range of research problems in all areas of physics.
You can apply to our program through the University's online system, Apply Yourself. Prospective students interested in joining our program in the following Fall semester should submit their application by December 1. Later applications will be considered but may not be eligible for all fellowship awards.
Every year, USC offers a number of webinars as part of the Spotlight:USC program. Please visit Spotlight:USC Webinars to learn about this year's dates and register for one of the sessions. These webinars teach attendees how to effectively navigate the USC graduate application process. If you want to learn how to successfully complete USC’s online Graduate Application, avoid common mistakes (and possible delays), and make the strongest presentation possible to your prospective USC graduate program, Spotlight:USC is for you.
Decisions on admissions are made by the Department's Admissions Committee. The most important factors considered in the admissions process are: