In addition to the standard SCSU graduate application form, all applicants must provide a one-page statement of purpose and two recommendation letters. Scores from the general aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are recommended but not required. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the program, a subject test of the GRE is not required.
Candidates seeking admission are expected to have a Baccalaureate degree in physics, engineering, or another related field. A GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) is required. Students who do not have a degree in physics or engineering will be considered for conditional admission. Conditional admission will require the student to take the appropriate background courses prior to starting the normal course sequence in applied physics. Upon completion of the additional courses with a final grade of a B or better, the admission shall be changed to full admission.
International students seeking to be admitted must submit a TOEFL score of 550 or higher if English is not their first language, unless they have received a degree from a U.S. institution. A telephone interview with the Graduate Program Coordinator or Chairperson of the Physics Department may be used in place of a TOEFL score in cases where the TOEFL score is not available.
The Graduate Program Coordinator shall review all applications to the program and make a recommendation to the Graduate Committee concerning the admission or rejection of the student. The Graduate Committee shall vote on each application, and the student's admission status shall be determined by a majority vote.