📌 Is a Physics PhD program the right path for you? This webpage provides tools to help you: reflect on whether physics graduate school might be a good fit for you, "keep the door open" for physics graduate school even if you are unsure, and understand the application process and timeline in case you decide to apply. The "Graduate School" section in the UC Berkeley Physics Undergrad Wiki also contains a lot of helpful information about the application process from the student prospective. Be sure to check it out here!
How do I know if a Physics PhD program is right for me? If I'm unsure, how can I "keep the door open" for this option?
- It's helpful to reflect on your strengths and interests and seek out the data you need through a mix of conversations with peers and mentors and online research. Toggle to learn more about proactive steps you can take to learn more about whether a Physics PhD program might be a good fit for you and about how to remain a competitive applicant even if you're unsure about whether you'll apply or attend.
Physics PhD Application Timeline, Advice, and FAQs
- We strongly recommend that you review the resources linked in (1) this **Physics Grad School and Career Resources document** and (2) the UCB Physics Undergrad Wiki page. Resources in (1) include pre-recorded "Graduate School Exploration" and "Get Your Physics Grad School Questions Answered" panels, Career Center resources, and slides and GoogleDocs with tips for applying. Resources in (2) include extensive tips and advice about all aspects of the grad school application process from the student perspective. Toggle to view additional resources, advice, and answers to FAQs.