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Bridge from a masterís or undergraduate degree to a PhD program in Physics

The purpose of the program is to welcome, train and successfully send off students to do a PhD in Physics. The students joining the program are identified as having a strong potential and drive to succeed in this endeavor but were not given the right opportunities to prepare for entry into a PhD program. All students are welcome to apply but the program especially welcomes students from the population that are underrepresented in physics. Detailed information about the application and selection process is below.

2015 CSU Long Beach APS Bridge Site with students
and mentors.
2016 CSU Long Beach APS Bridge Site with students
and mentors.

The Masterís program

We provide a solid background in graduate physics knowledge through a set of core classes that all students must take and a set of electives to choose from. The academic knowledge is complemented by a strong research experience on current topics in physics in close contact with a faculty member that culminates in the writing of a Masterís thesis and often in publications in peer review journals. The Masterís degree program is designed to be completed in two years. All students who decide to pursue a higher degree enter good PhD programs across the country and abroad. The department of Physics & Astronomy at CSU Long Beach has been named largest terminal Masterís degree granting institution in the country in 2013. We have about 50 active Masterís students and thus provide a true graduate experience to our students. Details of the Masterís program can be found on the following webpage: Research interests of individual faculty members can be found on that page, but also on individual website when available:

What we provide

We provide support to our Bridge Fellows and Bridge Students through various channels. The students are fully integrated into the cohort. We offer additional opportunities to overcome some of the challenges APS Bridge students face by providing caring faculty mentors, one-to-one mentorship to each student, involvement in research topics that may lead to publications in peer-reviewed journals, etc. Students who successfully applied to the APS Bridge Program will receive a scholarship for the two years in the program.

Who should apply?

The APS Bridge Program at CSU Long Beach is for you if:

  • You have a strong drive and vision to do a PhD in Physics,
  • You have unsuccessfully applied to PhD programs,
  • You need some brush up of your physics knowledge,
  • You need some additional research experience with possibly a publication,
  • You are a US citizen or permanent resident,
  • You are committed to improve the population diversity in Physics.

Should you not have been accepted into the APS Bridge Program we nevertheless encourage you to contact us and apply to our Masterís degree program. This will give you the opportunity to find out if the PhD route is for you and, if not, to gain graduate level experience that will benefit you in industry or a career in teaching.

How to apply?

To be considered for the APS Bridge Program at CSU Long Beach you need to apply first to the program at the American Physical Society:
All information and eligibility requirements are provided on that site. Application deadline is typically in March of each year. Once the application has been reviewer the APS Bridge Program forwards applicants to APS Bridge Sites for evaluation. We take a holistic view of the studentís file and her/his motivations and do not place the limitations of the standardized test scores or intended research fields. We then contact students and interview them. The final offers are made in May and application to our University must be submitted before June 1 of each year.

Contact us

For any question regarding the APS Bridge Program at CSU Long Beach contact Prof. Andreas Bill (