Reveal the Universe

Program Description

With highly advanced computational and experimental facilities at your disposal, there’s nothing to hold you back from embarking on a journey at the forefront of modern science. At Lehigh, you will engage in cutting-edge research, have access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and research facilities, and work closely with professors who are recognized internationally for their expertise. 

Opportunities for specialization include:

  • Astrophysics
  • Atomic, molecular and optical physics
  • Biophysics
  • Complex fluids
  • Computational physics
  • Condensed matter physics
  • High-energy theory and cosmology
  • Photonics and Nonlinear optics
  • Nuclear physics
  • Statistical physics

Our graduate students initially complete a series of courses in the M.S. program, and then go on to work with a research advisor to develop a research project, publish their new scientific discoveries, write a dissertation, and finally obtain the Ph.D. degree.

Ph.D. candidates generally obtain their degree in 5 years of full-time study and research, with the possibility of adding a 6th year. During this period, students work closely with faculty and peers to carry out cutting-edge science, advance their field, contribute to scientific literature, and develop skills to tackle complex challenges. 

How to Apply
  • Please review application requirements and submission instructions here
  • To fulfill the application requirements for the physics program, please submit a total of 3 letters of recommendation. 
  • GREs are optional, but encouraged.
  • Applications and all supporting materials are due by January 15 for fall enrollment.

Contact Us

For admissions and general information, please contact the graduate programs office at

Department website