I wrote :
I am pre final year Mechanical Engg student studying at ISMU,
dhanbad, India, whose selection is done by the prestigious IITJEE. I want to change my field of study to Theoretical physics basically in the field of cosmology and gravitational physics. I have taken my GRE and scored 1420 (Q790 V630) and will be taking physics GRE in this coming november(since it is held only in november in india) . I want to apply to university of Toronto for my graduate studies for fall 2010. However,its written in the graduate website that you require the applicants to have physics background, having an engineering
background, am i a potential applicant then? I am attaching my CV.
and this is what they wrote
Prof. Mike Luke asked me to respond to your question.
Thank you for your enquiry about graduate studies at the Department of Physics at the University of Toronto. All our latest application information is available at: http://www.physics.utoronto.ca/graduate ... sions.html and yes, with a Mechanical Eng degree your background in Physics will be considered insufficient for graduate studies in Physics here. Students do have an option to either enroll in a undergraduate program in Physics leading to a BSc (for information on the procedure please check http://www.adm.utoronto.ca/) or become special students at either undergraduate or graduate level. Special students are non-degree students which means that they take courses but they will not be getting a degree. (Normally for students with a Physics-related undergraduate degree one year (8 months) of taking senior level undergraduate Physics courses (4-6 half courses) should be enough and the following year you could apply for graduate school.
Either option is expensive for international students. Please check the Fees website at http://www.fees.utoronto.ca/site4.aspx and let me know if you have further questions.
Sincerely, Krystyna Biel
i feel quite dejected..
i had written to some other profs of american uni's like purdue, even princeton but they replied with a +ve statement, saying that since i have taken quite a no of courses in physics and in addition have attended summer schools and will be doing a proj this summer i will be a potential applicant., but ofcourse they mentioned that the application procedure is competitive. .. but this reply has really taken me aback..
what do you guys think?