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Physics

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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.

Students are trained to be problem-solvers and are prepared to apply their scientific knowledge to real-world situations.

 Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more.
If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following:
 

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Edwin Piner
ep26@txstate.edu
512.245.7049
Roy F. Mitte (RFM), Room 3235

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Alexander Zakhidov
a_z81@txstate.edu
512.245.4280
Roy F. Mitte (RFM), Room 3240

Director of Physics Graduate Programs
Dr. Nikoleta Theodoropoulou
nt14@txstate.edu
512.245.5584
Roy F. Mitte (RFM), Room 3215

“My time spent in the Texas State graduate physics program has provided me with the challenges, opportunities and connections to be hired by a top-tier company and compete with the nation's best engineers.”

— Maclyn Compton, M.S. ’14, Intel


Course Work

Students complete a 30-hour thesis program focusing on research in experimental condensed matter physics, physics education or astronomy. Students may also opt for the 36-hour-non-thesis program. Both options require core courses and electives educating students in advanced physics through a rigorous curriculum that includes cutting-edge, hands-on training. A materials physics concentration for the thesis option offers a strong opportunity for research in nanotechnology and applied physics.

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
Roy F. Mitte building

Graduate students perform competitive, relevant research in a welcoming, supportive and diverse environment with an emphasis on developing professional abilities such as teamwork, project organization, and presentation and technical writing skills.

Program Mission

The Department of Physics strives to provide an exciting, engaging, and rigorous educational environment that stresses relevant research, classroom learning, and extensive training to prepare students for careers in industry, education, or further research. With an emphasis on graduate research, the department has an effective curriculum that provides high-quality hands-on training in state-of-the-art research facilities. The department provides a meaningful educational experience facilitated by dedicated faculty who work closely with students. Most graduate students are supported as instructional or research assistants.

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Program Faculty

Physics faculty are engaged in externally funded, competitive, interdisciplinary research in condensed matter physics, physics education, and astronomy. Our students’ research has the potential to change the world. Federal, state, and private organizations have supported this research with an especially strong emphasis on materials physics and nanotechnology with applications in semiconductor and oxide optoelectronic devices, solar cells and energy harvesting, and physics education research.

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Career Options

Physics graduates find careers in the local or national high-tech and semiconductor industry, in K-14 physics education, or pursue advanced degrees. Master’s degree graduates have the option to continue to an innovative, multidisciplinary Ph.D. program in materials science, engineering, and commercialization offered at Texas State University.


Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements


Application Deadlines

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, which means applications received after the posted deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration.

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.

Application

  Review important information about the online application.


Application Fee(s)

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
    OR
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each 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. Read additional information about background course work.

  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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Documents

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

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TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS Scores

Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, 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 PTE scores required with a 52 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.

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Additional Information

  Background Course Work
You will be required to take leveling courses if you lack sufficient background course work. Any required leveling course work must be completed with grades of B or better prior to admission.


  GPA and GRE Requirement
If your physics GPA falls below the minimum requirement of 3.0, the official GRE scores (general test only) with competitive scores in the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections 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.