Texas State University

601 University Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666, United States of America


The Department of Physics cultivates the discovery and sharing of scientific knowledge and practices through intellectually authentic and engaging discourse among students, faculty, and staff.

The physics graduate program trains students in advanced physics through a rigorous curriculum that includes:

Core Physics subjects: Statistical Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Electromagnetic Field Theory
Advanced hands-on courses focused on materials characterization and device fabrication integrated into cutting-edge research projects that train students to work in interdisciplinary teams, require the student to master the complex metrology of the field, and provide students the confidence and leadership skills for any professional career.

Thesis work based on competitive and relevant research
Professional development with an emphasis on developing abilities such as teamwork, project organization, presentation and technical writing skills, and global and cultural awareness.
Students that graduate with a Master’s degree in Physics or Materials Physics can find careers as engineers in the high-tech and semiconductor industry at the local or national level, in K-14 physics education, or pursue advanced degrees. Master’s degree graduates have the option to continue in an innovative, multidisciplinary Ph.D. program in Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization (MSEC) offered at Texas State University.

Program Requirements

Bachelor's degree requirements:
Bachelor's degree is required in Physics or closely related discipline with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in upper division undergraduate Physics courses.

Minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.0
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

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.

The Physics faculty are engaged in externally funded, competitive, interdisciplinary research in condensed matter physics, physics education and historical 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.