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Track 1: Physics

Student and Professors Overview

The Department of Physics offers graduate programs of study leading to either the M.S. or Ph.D. degree. Wake Forest Physics is nationally recognized for teaching excellence and internationally respected for research advances. There is a focused emphasis placed on interdisciplinary study and close student-faculty collaboration. Special and interdisciplinary programs include structural and computation biophysics, physics/computer science, and medical physics. The research facilities are state-of-the-art and Wake Forest Physics Department faculty are committed to developing their students as outstanding scientists and researchers.

Ph.D. Degree:

The Physics doctoral program offers a comprehensive course of study in classical and modern physics, with intensive training in one of the frontier areas of modern research including:

  • biophysics
  • nanotechnology and materials physics
  • condensed matter physics
  • gravitation and particle physics
  • optical and laser physics
M.S. Degree:

The requirements for the M.S. program are normally completed in two years. For the M.S. degree, a student:

  • completes 30 hours of course work
  • submits a thesis based on his or her completed research
  • passes an oral examination based on the thesis

Learn more about the Physics program by visiting their website.


Successful applicants to our programs should have a solid academic background and a passion for science and discovery. Complete applications include a personal statement outlining area(s) of interest and practical experience, resume or CV, official transcript(s), GRE (and TOEFL report for international students) and 3 letters of recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to submit an on-line application; however paper applications are still available. You are strongly encouraged to complete your application by the deadline for full consideration for financial aid and for invitations to the recruitment weekend in February. Late applications will be considered while openings remain.

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