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How to become a physicist from an engineer?

  1. Feb 26, 2015 #1
    Hi,

    I am an Electrical Engineer but I want to become a Physicist and do research to develop theoretical models of elementary partials.
    I have applied in several universities in US for MS and PhD programs but they have rejected me, I believe because of my non physics background.

    Can someone suggest me what would be the best way to become a Physicist at this moment!
    I am open to every possibility.
     
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  3. Feb 26, 2015 #2

    SteamKing

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    I hope you mean you want to develop theoretical models of elementary particles.

    Graduate programs are not in the habit of rejecting an applicant solely because his academic background may not correspond exactly with the preparation required for the degree sought. There are many objective criteria to consider, such as your previous academic record, your scores on standardized tests, like the GRE, whether the graduate institution will accept credits from your undergraduate institution, etc.

    If the schools which have rejected your application have not provided clear reasons for their decision, perhaps a request in writing asking for a detailed evaluation of why your application was rejected is in order now.
     
  4. Feb 27, 2015 #3

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    You should start by reading the very first message thread in this forum, at the very top of the page, "Can I get a Ph.D. in physics if my bachelor's degree isn't in physics"

    Next, what was your physics GRE score?
     
  5. Feb 28, 2015 #4
    Okay, my physics GRE is 630, i know its not great, but this was the best I could do by preparing for 2 months while working. I am in parallel studying to take GRE this year again and my concepts of EM, Quantum and Classic Mechanics are fairly good. I was expecting the score to be higher!

    Anyhow I am preparing again but I dont know the ideal or acceptable score to achieve as to get into a good/average university with my qualification. I am an Indian student from not very reputed university that makes things even difficult.

    So now can you suggest something?

    Is there any other non US university where I can apply?
     
  6. Feb 28, 2015 #5

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    I don't think many places would provide one. It's extra work, and there's no benefit for the school. At best, nothing happens. At worse, they get into a protracted argument.
     
  7. Feb 28, 2015 #6

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    It's not just "not great". It's low. About 2/3 of the students did better than that - and about twice as many students take the GRE than enter grad school.

    Your background appears such that you are not prepared for graduate school in physics. Your GRE score reinforces that.
     
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