Admission Requirements

It is expected that all incoming students will have a solid foundation in physics at the B.A. or B.S. level. Exceptions may be made for individual students with the understanding that they remedy any deficiency within the first year. Admission to the program is based of the applicant's academic record, letters of recommendation  and statement of goals.   Foreign students must also demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. You may test with either ETS or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum acceptable scores: ILELTS Band score of 7.0; TWE score of 4.5, and a TOEFL score of 600 [paper-based], 250 [computer-based], or 100 [internet-based]. Official test scores must be submitted by the testing agency.

How to Apply

The Application for admissions will be temporary off-line while we make update to our system. A link to the new application system  will be available by August 1, 2020. 

The application deadline is January 15.

Only electronic applications and recommendation letters will be accepted.

  • Complete the online application. The application fee is $50.00. 
  • Arrange to have three of your instructors or research supervisors electronically submit letters of recommendation for you using the on-line application system.
  • Have a complete transcript of your undergraduate record mailed directly from your university or college to:
    Graduate Office
    Dartmouth College
    37 Dewey Field Road, Suite 6062
    Hanover, NH 03755-1419
  • Applicants whose native language is not English should also take the TOEFL with the original TOEFL scores sent to the department from the ETS. A TOEFL score of 100 or higher is required for our program.
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Exam may now be submitted in place of TOEFL to meet this requirement.

    An IELTS Band Score of 7.0 or above is required for Dartmouth Programs.

    Official Web Site:

    Exam Samples:

The review process will begin in late January. Offers of admission typically will be made by mid-March. An offer of admission must be accepted or declined by April 15.

The program starts in the Fall quarter. See here for a calendar of dates.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College is committed to equity-based practices in our application and assessment process. This includes accounting for potential barriers to access our applicants may encounter. Thus, we have made available a limited number of application fee waivers for applicants whose circumstances make paying the application fee difficult, such as those who demonstrate political or personal hardship, financial need, or for other similar reasons.  Such demonstrated need can include (but is not limited to) participation in programs such as McNair, Posse, LSAMP and Leadership Alliance as well as other programs for first-generation students and/or students with low-income. Students who meet any one of these criteria are encouraged to contact the graduate admissions chair to apply for a fee waiver.

We hope that these Web pages will answer your immediate questions about graduate study in physics and astronomy at Dartmouth. Please do not hesitate to contact the graduate admissions chair, Brian Chaboyer, if you would like further information or assistance. For more information regarding faculty research areas visit our research page.