Graduate Programs in Physics

The Department of Physics and Astronomy provides coursework, training and research experience to students who wish to further their education beyond the bachelor's level in order to achieve a greater degree of competence and recognition in their profession.

The Department offers two master's degree options (thesis and non-thesis). The Master of Science in physics with research thesis is ordinarily chosen by those students preparing for industrial employment, college teaching, or for further graduate study leading to the Ph.D. degree. The Master of Science without thesis is usually chosen by students preparing to teach in middle and secondary public schools or by students who plan to pursue applied physics careers in industry. The Master of Science in Physics with a Physics Teaching Emphasis is intended for middle/high school physics teachers or for people with a Bachelor's in a science who wish to teach middle/high school physics.

The physical facilities of the department include well equipped instructional and research laboratories, and telescopes located locally and at two premier observing sites. Sophisticated equipment and faculty direction are available for experimental research in solid state physics, x-ray spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron, auger electron, appearance potential spectroscopy of surfaces, signal analysis of speech signals, microcomputer hardware and software development, and digital electronics.  We are also a member of the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA), which gives us access to two remotely-controllable 1-m telescopes located at Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) outside Tucson, Arizona, and Cerro Tololo International Observatory (CTIO) in Chile.

Our nuclear theory group carries out modeling and calculations of observables in fusion reactions, formation and decay of compound nuclei, and nuclear-density equation of state as found in neutron stars and supernova cores.

Students may also research astrophysical hydrodynamics projects related to accretion flows onto compact objects.

The department also possesses extensive equipment to aid in the preparation of teachers to introduce and teach the latest physics curriculum developments in public schools.



  • Apply Texas Application
  • Application fee:  $50 domestic student 
  • All official transcripts - Bachelor's degree, including all transcripts used towards bachelor's degree.  Any master's degree transcript or transcripts with graduate coursework (if applicable).
  • One (1) Letter of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • One of the following:

    • Official General Test GRE Scores
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 or higher overall
    • Completed master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with at least a 3.0 GPA


  • Application fee, $75.00, US dollars (this may be paid online when you apply)
  • Bank Statement from the sponsor, must reflect a balance of at least $26,024.82 USD (must be less than 1 year old)
  • Official sponsor statement
  • Official transcripts (with a copy of the provisional certificate or diploma)
    For more information on official transcripts, please click here and read FAQ question:  What transcripts do I submit for my admission?

  • English Proficiency:

    • Official TOEFL (IBT at least 79, or CBT at least 213, or PBT at least 550), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • IELTS (at least overall 6.00 band), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • Completion (all years) of a bachelor's degree or higher degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university.


Domestic student applications are accepted throughout the year.

International student applications (including all required documents and for programs that are not fully online) have the following deadlines:

Fall admission consideration:          June 1

Spring admission consideration:     October 15

Summer admission consideration:  March 15