Graduate Admission and Degree Requirements

Our Physics programs offer both MSc and PhD degrees, both are research based and require supervision by a faculty member.  It is encouraged to contact faculty members working within your area of interest to inquire about availability and funding.

Admission Requirements

Candidates should possess a good Physics degree from a recognized University.  

The minimum admission requirement is a 3.0 (B) average.  A candidate may be required to take a qualifying year when it is felt that he/she lacks sufficient background.

Students whose first language is not English and have not previously studied at an English speaking university will have to provide official evidence of language scores.  TOEFL (minimum score 550) including the Test of Written English (TWE) minimum score 4.0, or computer based TOEFL (minimum score 213) including the TWE (minimum score 4.0), or Internet based TOEFL (minimum score 80) including the TWE (minimum score 25), or IELTS (minimum score 7.0), or the MELAB (minimum score 85).  Students may be required to take supplementary English language courses if admitted to the School of Graduate Studies.  For more information regarding English language proficiency please review the School of Graduate Studies website.

International Students

International applicants who are applying from outside Canada should apply at least six (6) months in advance. More information can be found with the School of Graduate Studies or the International Student Advisor's Office

The GRE is only mandatory for non-North American PhD candidates, however, applicants who have taken the GRE advanced test in Physics and have a good score will probably have an advantage.

Steps to Apply

Seminar requirements

All Graduate students must present their work to the Department once a year, except the first year.  This is usually done as a part of the Department Seminar Series (PHYS 6006 for MSc and PHYS 6106 for PhD).  

Attendance of Department Seminars (usually weekly from Sept - April) is mandatory for obvious reasons, support your fellow students, learn about the research being done at UNB, learn about new Physics results in fields other than your own, and to learn what to do and what not to do to improve your presentation skills.  Students must attend at least 75% of the seminars in a school term to be eligible to graduate.  If the 75% quote is not met, the students can make up the missing number by attending seminars in pure Sciences (Chemistry; Math; Earth Sciences) or Engineering.


All MSc students must take 4 academic courses during their studies and pass them with a grade of B or higher.  Two of them are PHYS 6020 and PHYS 6080, the others can be chosen based on your Supervisor's recommendations.

All PhD students must take 2 academic courses during their studies and pass them with a grade of B or higher, three others can be recommended by the GAC or Supervisory Committee based on results of the comprehensive exam.