ip target image
You are currently browsing our site with content tailored to students in your country

Our cookies

We use cookies to offer you a better browsing experience with personalized content, relevant ads and enhanced functionalities. By allowing all you agree to the use of cookies as per the cookie policy and remember you can manage your preferences anytime.

What will I learn?

The information in this section is a summary of the Graduate School doctoral degree requirements.

It is the responsibility of the student to meet the following Graduate School minimum requirements to qualify for the doctoral degree. A student must satisfy the requirements that are in force at the time the degree is to be awarded.

  • A minimum of 90 credits must be completed (a Master’s degree from the UW or another institution may be used as a substitute for 30 credits of enrollment).
  • A minimum of 60 credits must be completed at the University of Washington.
  • At least 18 credits of UW course work at and above the 500 level must be completed prior to the General Examination.
  • At least 18 numerically graded UW credits of 500 level courses, and approved 400 level courses, must be completed prior to the General Examination.
  • At least 60 credits must be completed prior to scheduling the General Examination. A Master’s degree from the UW or another institution may be used as a substitute for 30 of these 60 credits.
  • A minimum of 27 dissertation credits (so-called Physics 800 credits) spread out over a period of at least three quarters must be completed. At least one of those three quarters must come after the student passes the General Exam. Except for summer quarters, students are limited to a maximum of 10 dissertation credits per quarter.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 must be maintained.
  • The General Examination must be successfully completed.
  • A dissertation accepted by the Graduate School and the reading committee must be submitted.
  • The Final Examination must be successfully completed.
  • Registration as a full- or part-time graduate student at the University must be maintained, including for the quarter in which the examinations are completed AND the quarter the degree is conferred.
  • All work for the doctoral degree must be completed within ten years.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (90 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$30,208.00 per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,



98195, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Prospective graduate students must meet the following minimum requirements: Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1or its equivalent from a foreign institution; Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits. Other English Language Requirements: 580 paper-based TOEFL.

For international students

Applicants to the doctoral program are expected to have a strong undergraduate preparation in physics, including courses in electromagnetism, classical and quantum mechanics, statistical physics, optics, and mathematical methods of physics.

English Proficiency:

The Graduate School is temporarily accepting official test scores for both the Duolingo English Test and the TOEFL ITP Plus For China to assist international students with remote testing options. This policy is currently in effect through the autumn 2021 admission cycle (i.e., students enrolling in autumn 2021).

TOEFL iBT - Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 80; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 92 or higher

TOEFL pBT - Minimum Required Score: 500

Duolingo: Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 105; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 120 or higher

IELTS: Minimum Required Score 6.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


Get in touch