Masters-to-PhD Bridge Program
a joint program in physics, astronomy, materials, biology, and the biomedical sciences


Admission to the Masters-PhD Bridge program begins with an application to the Masters degree program in physics at Fisk University. If you believe that you may be qualified to begin PhD-level work immediately, we encourage you to apply directly to the Vanderbilt PhD program. In that case, just indicate in your Vanderbilt application that you are also interested in the Masters-to-PhD Bridge program; in the event that you are not selected for admission directly into the PhD program, your application can be forwarded to the Bridge program for consideration. We urge all prospective applicants to contact one of the program coordinators before applying. We will gladly speak with you about the program, answer any questions you may have, help you determine whether the program is right for you, and guide you through the application process.

An application to the Masters-PhD Bridge program consists of the following:

  • Fisk application form (indicate that you are interested in the Bridge program)
  • Undergraduate transcript(s)
  • Personal statement
  • GRE scores are not required at the time of application

Applications completed by March 15 will receive full consideration. Please contact us if you would like to submit an application after March 15.

If you are applying to the Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-PhD Bridge program:

A complete application consists of:

  1. an application form for graduate study, including three recommendation forms, preferably from persons who are familiar with the applicant's academic qualifications;
  2. official transcripts of all undergraduate work, submitted directly to the Fisk Office of Admissions;
  3. a nonrefundable application fee of $50.00;
  4. a personal statement;
  5. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores;
  6. a Bridge program information form sent to the address indicated on the form.

Items 1-5 should be sent to: Office of Admissions, Fisk University, 1000 17th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37208. Item 6 (the Bridge program information form) should be sent or emailed to the address indicated on the form.

If you are applying directly to the Vanderbilt PhD program:

Complete the online application process by Jan 15 for one of the following programs:

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