The Physics Department has a faculty committed to teaching excellence while vigorously pursuing nationally and internationally recognized research in nanomaterials, particle physics, astrophysics, space physics, and nano-bio physics.

UTA offers world-class educational and research opportunities with small class sizes and outstanding faculty mentorship. Our department is large enough to be comprehensive and to give students a wide choice of research topics from the major areas of current physics research.

At the same time, it is small enough (with incoming classes of 12-15) to ensure that every graduate student will get individual attention and the guidance and mentorship to succeed and move through the program in a timely manner. Almost all of our students receive full support through either a Teaching or Research Assistantship throughout their time in the program.

Program Requirements

The Master of Science in physics requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, of which 24 hours, including six hours of thesis, will be in physics, and six may be selected from physics, mathematics, chemistry, geology, biology or engineering as approved by the Graduate Advisor. The completion of this degree normally takes two years. Foreign language, comprehensive, and qualifying exams are not required. However, a grade point average of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0 maximum) must be maintained for all work undertaken as a graduate student. The student must conduct research leading to a thesis which must be defended in an oral exam. Thesis may be written in absentia. Non-thesis option is also available.

For the completion of the degree, the student must 1) demonstrate competence in a minimum of 39 credit hours of core courses in physics, chosen under the guidance of the supervising committee, and approved in advance by the Graduate Studies Committee; 2) complete 9 credit hours of internship or six credit hours of research with a written report and three hours of Applied Physics course; 3) pass qualifying and comprehensive examinations; and 4) conduct research leading to a dissertation which must be defended in an oral exam. Dissertation may be written in absentia.
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

Our department is extremely friendly and student centered. With 60+ Ph.D. students, there are many opportunities for students to work together, study together, and to participate in the many social and cultural activities on campus and off campus in the Dallas - Ft. Worth-Arlington-Metropolitan area (which with 6 million people is the 4th largest metropolitan region in the USA). The department has weekly colloquium which includes a lecture on current research topics preceded by a 1-hour social hour with coffee/tea/cookies/cake and fruit. The department also has an active Physics Graduate Student Organization which organizes events for the graduate students and serves to communicate graduate student issues to the Chair and at faculty meetings.

UT Arlington is one of the most diverse campuses in the USA and has student organizations representing many countries around the world.