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Physics

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Edwin Piner
ep26@txstate.edu
512.245.7049
RFM, Room 3235


Graduate Advisor
Dr. Alexander Zakhidov
a_z81@txstate.edu
512.245.4280
RFM, Room 3240

Director of Physics Graduate Programs
Dr. Nikoleta Theodoropoulou
nt14@txstate.edu
512.245.5584
RFM, Room 3215

A solid physics foundation combined with extensive, hands-on training in state-of-the art nanofabrication and characterization facilities prepares students for careers in the local high-tech industry, science education or advanced studies. Students are engaged in research and gain superior graduate education with individual faculty attention and mentoring.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.S. 36 Non-Thesis Science minor required
M.S. 30 Thesis Science minor required
M.S. 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.S. 30 Thesis No minor

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 15 February 15
Fall - Standard June 15 June 1
Spring - Priority September 15 September 15
Spring - Standard October 15 October 1
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadlines to be considered for funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review the instructions for submitting your ApplyTexas application.


Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)

  Review the instructions for submitting your application fee(s).


Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each four-year institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in junior and senior level physics courses in modern physics, mathematical physics or equivalent, classical mechanics, electromagnetic field theory, and quantum mechanics

  If your physics GPA does not meet the minimum requirement, official GRE scores are required. Read additional information below.

  Review the instructions for submitting your transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if admission is granted. 


GRE Scores

  • official GRE scores not required unless your physics GPA is under 3.0. Read additional information below.

Documents

  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose
  • three letters of recommendation

  Review the instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU) to submit your documents. You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


TOEFL or IELTS Scores

Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.


Additional Information

  GPA and GRE Requirement
If your physics GPA falls below the minimum requirement of 3.0, official GRE scores with a preferred minimum of 302 (verbal and quantitative sections combined) will be required in order to be considered for conditional admission*. Our office will notify you via email should this situation occur.

*Conditional admission is not available to applicants who require "F" or "J" visas.