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Planning to study in the US for my PhD

  1. Nov 21, 2013 #1
    I'm from the Philippines. Right now I'm taking up Master of Science in Physics . I'm currently doing my Thesis, my current GWA is 3.2. (1.0-4.0 scale)

    My undergrad degree is Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Physics. My GWA back then is 89.
    (We don't use 1.0-4.0 scale)

    Do you thing I have a chance in getting into a Grad School in US? I'm planning to take TOEFL, GRE and GRE-Physics next year.

    Thanks. :)
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2013
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  3. Nov 21, 2013 #2
    Did you take a semester of classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, e&m, and statistical mechanics? Lab courses?
  4. Nov 22, 2013 #3
    Yes! I took all those courses. Right now I'm doing my thesis. After this I want to study in US.
  5. Nov 22, 2013 #4


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    It's hard to predict your chances from just numbers. Here are some things that can help, assuming you meet minimum GPA and GRE requirements for a department:

    1) Contacting faculty ahead of time that you're interested in doing research with and discussing research interests with them.
    2) having a good research and job history with accompanying references.
    3) a history of awards and honors
    4) some out-reach and/or leadership activities analogous to Society for Physics Students or just local scientific outreach.
  6. Nov 22, 2013 #5
    Physicsgre.com has some useful threads for you.

    BTW, foreign students are expected to have high physics GRE scores.
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