The objective of graduate work in physics is to prepare the student for continued professional and scholarly development as a physicist. The Physics Master of Science Degree Programs are designed to give the student advanced training in all fundamental areas of physics through formal courses and the options of some degree of specialization or participation in original research in one of a variety of projects directed by the faculty. The Doctor of Philosophy in Physics and Applied Physics Program combines the traditional elements of a science doctoral program with courses in specifically applied topics and internship in a technological environment. It is designed to produce highly trained professionals with a broad perspective of the subject which may prepare them equally well for careers in academic or government or industrial laboratories.
Current research in the department is conducted in the areas of condensed matter physics and materials science, nano-bio physics, astrophysics and space physics, high-energy physics, optics, and Physics education.
For unconditional admission to the Doctor of Philosophy program, an applicant must have a master's degree or 30 semester hours of graduate credit in physics or a related field and satisfy the general admission requirements of the University, including a minimum graduate coursework GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by Graduate Admissions and favorable letters of recommendation from individuals able to assess the applicant's potential for success in a Ph.D. program. In addition, the applicant should have minimal GRE scores of 143 in Verbal and 151 in Quantitative.
Applicants not meeting the minimum requirements of the department or the University for either program may still be considered for unconditional acceptance if other information in their application indicates a reasonable probability of success in graduate studies in physics.
If an applicant does not meet a majority of standards for unconditional admission outlined above, they may be considered for probationary admission after careful examination of their application materials. Probationary admission requires that the applicant receive a B or better in their first 12 hours of graduate coursework at UT Arlington.
Deferred and Provisional Admission
A deferred application decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate. An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.
Denial of Admission
A candidate may be denied admission if he or she has less than satisfactory performance on the admission criteria described above.
Scholarships and Fellowships
Students who are admitted will be eligible for available scholarship and/or fellowship support. Award of scholarships or fellowships will be based on consideration of the same criteria utilized in admission decisions. To be eligible, candidates must be new students coming to UT Arlington in the Fall semester, must have a GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours plus any graduate credit hours as calculated by the Graduate School, and must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours of coursework in both long semesters to retain their fellowships.
Each candidate must complete the following program requirements:
1. Demonstration of competence in a minimum of 39 credit hours of core courses chosen under the guidance of the supervising committee from the following (or from courses approved in advance by the Graduate Studies Committee):
Traditional Core Courses
- PHYS 5306 Classical Mechanics
- PHYS 5307 Quantum Mechanics I
- PHYS 5308 Quantum Mechanics II
- PHYS 5309 Electromagnetic Theory I
- PHYS 5313 Electromagnetic Theory II
- PHYS 5310 Statistical Mechanics
- PHYS 5311 Mathematical Methods in Physics I
- PHYS 5312 Mathematical Methods in Physics II
- PHYS 5315 Solid State I
- PHYS 5316 Solid State II
Applied Physics Core Courses
- PHYS 5314 Advanced Optics
- PHYS 5319 Mathematical Methods in Physics III
- PHYS 6301 Methods of Applied Physics I--Electronics
- PHYS 6302 Methods of Applied Physics II--Computers in Physics
- PHYS 6303 Methods of Applied Physics III--Spectroscopy
- Computer Science as required by the supervising committee
2. Dissertation and additional research and elective courses are chosen under the guidance of the supervising committee.
Tuition and Fees
Fall 2018 Graduate Nonresident Tuition and Fees
Fall 2018 Graduate Resident Tuition and Fees
International students will want to submit financial documents/statements as they also submit application materials for admission.
International financial statement form
Our application priority dates are:
Fall: March 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: April 1
Applications are accepted after the published priority date for each term, but for guaranteed consideration of admission please submit the application and associated materials by the priority date. However, it is important to apply well in advance of your intended start date to be eligible for program-specific funding opportunities such as assistantships and fellowships. Keep in mind that departmental application processing times vary greatly and some programs require applications up to one year in advance.