Graduate Programs

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at UTSA offers one of the largest graduate programs of Physics in Texas and includes Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Besides outstanding research opportunities, the programs offer a rigorous academic curriculum aimed at creating well-rounded and outstanding graduates who will become leaders in their field.

Please refer to the Physics (MS) and Physics (PhD) Admission Requirements for details on the admissions process. The main items in the application are:

  • B.S. in Physics or at least 18 undergraduate hours in upper-division physics courses
  • Completed application form
  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • Resumé
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • TOEFL score (international applicants)
  • IELTS Score (international applicants)

All applications are processed by the Graduate School; however, the Physics and Astronomy Department is happy to provide advice to assist you in the preparation of your application. Please contact the Graduate Advisor of Record if you have any questions. Exceptional applicants may also qualify for a waiver of the application fee.

Graduate Advisor of Record

Dr. Liao Chen

Financial Support and Fellowships

The Physics and Astronomy Department has about 40 Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) and 40 Teaching Assistant (TA) positions for support of incoming and continuing Ph.D. seeking graduate students. New students typically receive a commitment for their first year and will continue to be hired based on adequate progress toward completing the degree.

During their first academic year, Ph.D. students appointed as GRAs or TAs will receive an annual stipend (currently $27,000) paid in monthly allotments, health coverage (currently $3,500), plus tuition and fees in the amount of $12,000.


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Doctoral Students

See a list of our current doctoral students.