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Applied Physics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #2 (QS) , CA,
The Ph.D. is conferred upon candidates who have demonstrated substantial scholarship and the ability to conduct independent research and analysis in applied physics. 


  • The program of graduate education in Applied Physics at Stanford University is designed to prepare students for professional leadership careers in science and technology. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of applied physics, the Department welcomes applications both from individuals who majored in physics and from those who have a strong interest in physics but may have majored in related disciplines, e.g., electrical, mechanical or chemical engineering, materials science, biophysics, chemistry, or mathematics. 
  • However, in some cases, these students may find it necessary to spend additional time acquiring the background to meet the requirements for advanced degrees in Applied Physics. A similar situation pertains to physics undergraduates who have been out of school for a substantial period of time.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Credits
    135 units alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Science as a Creative Process
  • The Expressive Vessel: An Immersive Introduction to Clay
  • Functional Materials and Devices
  • Energy Options for the 21st Century
  •  Electrons and Photons 
  • Atoms, Fields and Photons
For more information, please visit the program website.

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Application Requirements

  • Application fee. Payment by credit card (Visa or MasterCard only).
  • Two original transcripts from each of the previous institutions of higher learning attended.  
  • Three letters of recommendation – must be submitted using the online service.
  • GRE (verbal, quantitative, analytical, and subject). 
  • TOEFL (required by the University of all international applicants).

Tuition Fee

Fellowship/assistantship salary and tuition guaranteed for first five years of the program for all students, including international students

Living costs for Stanford

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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