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George Mason University

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Fairfax , VA

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George Mason University

Overview

George Mason University / Department of Physics and Astronomy is located in Fairfax, VA, in a suburban setting.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science (MS)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 6
Doctoral Degrees 4

Earning Your Degree

Distance learning programs available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General and Subject Tests (recommended)
Thesis Optional
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test; GRE Subject Test (recommended)
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

49
Applied
24
Accepted
10
Enrolled
49%

Applying

75
Application Fee - Domestic
80
Application Fee - International
Yes
Electronic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline February 15th February 1st Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General and Subject Tests (recommended)
Master's Degree Requirements Three letters of recommendation, preferably from former professors; personal statement
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test; GRE Subject Test (recommended)
Doctoral Degree Requirements Three letters of recommendation, preferably from former professors; personal statement with emphasis on research experience and goals

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 575
TOEFL IBT score: 88
IELTS: Required IELTS Paper score: 6.5

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards March 1
Types of financial support available Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

60
Total Graduate Students
26%
International Breakout (representing other countries)

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 6.67%
Black or African American 8.33%
White or Caucasian 50%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1.67%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1.67%
Unknown 5%

Gender

Male (88%)
Female (11%)

Faculty

39
Total faculty
Full-time - 31
Part-time - 8
Male (30)
Female (9)

Research

Focus of faculty research: Astrophysics/space sciences; materials/condensed matter physics; biological physics/aerodynamics; applied mechanics; high energy physics
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:
2,943,657

Location & Contact

Address 4400 University Drive, MSN 3F3
Fairfax, VA  22030
United States
Contact Dr. Paul So
Chair
Email: paso@gmu.edu
Phone: 709-993-4377

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