Danilo Marchesini
Danilo Marchesini, Director of
Graduate Studies, Physics and

Welcome to the Tufts University Department of Physics and Astronomy graduate program!

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers programs of study leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, with a full range of graduate level courses and research opportunities in astronomy, biophysics, condensed matter physics, cosmology, elementary particle physics, and quantum information. In addition to a Physics track and an Astrophysics track, the department (in conjunction with the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Education) offers a Chemical Physics track and a Physics Education track. Our students may also pursue research in related departments, such as biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, and mathematics.

The members of our faculty have international reputations in a broad range of subjects, and collaborations between department members and members of other departments with differing research interests are common. Close interaction between faculty and students is the norm.

Last, but not least, Tufts and its close proximity to Boston offers incredible opportunities for cultural, gastronomical, and extra-curricular activities.

We welcome applications for our Ph.D. graduate programs. For more information, please contact our Director of Graduate Studies, Danilo Marchesini.

The Physics and Astronomy Department has decided that, starting with the admission cycle for the 2022-23 Academic Year (i.e., Fall 2022 start of the PHD or MS programs), GRE General and Physics subject test scores are no longer required, will no longer be accepted, and will no longer be considered in the evaluation of graduate applications. In determining the admissibility of a prospective graduate student, the department attempts to carefully weigh all relevant factors, including transcripts of academic work, three letters of recommendation, a resume/CV, research experience, a personal statement, and official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test (if applicable). A holistic approach to admissions is taken, carefully weighing all components of the application to make the best determination about which students will be a good fit in our department. The Physics and Astronomy Department is strongly committed to creating an inclusive, diverse graduate community whose members feel welcome and valued. However, we also recognize that the Physics and Astronomy communities have much work to do towards improving diversity and we strongly encourage members of historically under-represented groups to apply.