Attention prospective students: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to accommodate in-person campus visits at this time. Instead, we have several virtual opportunities for you to learn more about physics at CMU. To make an appointment with a faculty member, or for general questions about our program, please reach out to our Student Programs Coordinator. Please also see the CMU Admissions page for general information and virtual visit opportunities!
The goal of the graduate program is to train students at the leading edge of physics research and to prepare them to become the next generation of leaders in academia and industry. The first two years of the graduate curriculum is designed to provide students with the solid foundation necessary to start research in their chosen area of specialization. Graduate students have the opportunity to study traditional core physics areas of astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, high energy and medium energy particle physics, or perform interdisciplinary work at the boundaries of chemistry, biology, materials science, or engineering.