MIT Society of Physics Students

Grad School and the Physics GRE

General Info

If you're considering going to grad school, check out

Also try to attend SPS' grad school events, including Prof. Rajagopal's talk and the grad school panel.

While we've tried to provide resources to help you out with the process, talk to professors, current grad students, and course staff if you're ever in need of advice. For information specific to a particular institution, be sure to check out their website before asking others. Most answers can often be found there.


If you're applying to graduate schools, you should consider applying for the fellowships listed below. Among other things, they will give you more flexibility in your research topic. Note that the Hertz is more competitive than the other fellowships. You may also be interested in advice on applying.

If you're considering applying to schools abroad, you may also want to consider specialized fellowships. MIT's Distinguished Fellowships office can you help with these scholarships.

The Physics GRE

Most graduate physics programs will require you to submit both General and Physics GRE scores. While many books can be found on the former subject, there is only one book out (by REA) for the Physics GRE which leaves much to be desired. Thus, it's a good idea to study through practice tests and to review your old work. Below you'll find more information about the test, as well as a few study guides.

Other helpful sites for the physics GRE are:

Senior Surveys

Here are surveys from recent graduating classes. They are only available to SPS members (join), and you'll need your MIT certificate to view them.