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Graduate Advisor
Dr. Edwin Piner
RFM, Room 3235

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Alexander Zakhidov
RFM, Room 3240

Director of Physics Graduate Programs
Dr. Nikoleta Theodoropoulou
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 Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.S. No concentration 36 Non-Thesis Science minor required
M.S. No concentration 30 Thesis Science minor required
M.S. No concentration 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.S. No concentration 30 Thesis No minor
M.S. Materials Physics 30 Thesis No minor

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 1 February 1
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 certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review important information about the ApplyTexas application.

Application Fee(s)

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

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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 (general test only) are required. Read additional information below.

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted. 

GRE Scores

  • official GRE scores (general test only) not required unless your physics GPA is under 3.0. Read additional information below.

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

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


Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • 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 important information about official test scores.

Additional Information

  GPA and GRE Requirement
If your physics GPA falls below the minimum requirement of 3.0, official GRE scores (general test only) 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.