University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky

Physics and Astronomy


MS 601, 800 Rose Street

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY 40546

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S. - Physics, Ph.D. - Physics

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The University of Kentucky, established in 1865, is a public, research, land-grant university with an enrollment of nearly 29,000 students. UK is located in downtown Lexington, a metropolitan area of 270,000. Lexington is located in the heart of the state’s Bluegrass region. The Department of Physics and Astronomy comprises 31 faculty, 68 graduate students, and 50 undergraduate majors. 11 faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Physical Society, in recognition of their pioneering and significant contributions to their research field. Research programs are offered in: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Experimental and Theoretical Atomic Physics, Experimental and Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Experimental and Theoretical Nuclear Physics, Theoretical Particle Physics, and String Theory. Faculty also conduct interdisciplinary research with other UK faculty in chemistry, computational sciences, and materials engineering. The department offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. All graduate students receive a substantial education in advanced physics, mentoring from faculty, and extensive research experience. The department’s core curriculum consists of Classical Mechanics (1 semester), Electromagnetism (2 semesters), Quantum Mechanics (2 semesters), and Statistical Mechanics (1 semester). Students also develop a working knowledge in at least 3 areas of specialized physics courses. Students are encouraged to participate in research early on in their graduate school careers. The Ph.D. degree in Physics is a significant accomplishment and indicates mastery of a research field. The annual deadline for admission with financial aid is February 1 (each year). Nearly all admitted students are offered a full-tuition scholarship, a Fellowship or a Teaching Assistantship, summer support, and health insurance. The cost-of-living in Lexington is very affordable, with monthly rents for apartments near campus ranging from $450–$650. Complete details on the application process may be found at


Southern Association of Colleges & Schools

International Student Requirements:

The University of Kentucky requires a minimum TOEFL score of 213 computer-based (550 paper-based, iBT 79) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 for all international students whose first language is not English. Submitted scores must be no more than two years old. International students who receive college degrees from US universities and universities in other designated English-speaking countries may be exempted from taking the TOEFL test. For example, if you obtain an M.S. degree from a US University you do not need the TOEFL.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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