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The Department of Physics offers three graduate degree programs: Master of Arts in Physics, Master of Sciences in Applied Physics, and Doctor of Philosophy in Physics.


Areas of Study

The Department of Physics has active research groups in nine main areas of current physics research: Atomic, molecular, and optical physics; classical physics; nuclear physics; statistical mechanics and thermodynamics; plasma physics; condensed matter physics; nonlinear dynamics; relativity and cosmology; and elementary particle physics. In most of these fields, both experimental and theoretical work is in progress.


Facilities for Graduate Work

The Department operates numerous facilities for graduate study and research. In addition to several experimental and laboratory facilities, theoretical work is conducted in plasma physics, condensed matter physics, acoustics, nonlinear dynamics, relativity, astrophysics, statistical mechanics, and particle theory.

Students also have access to excellent computer and library facilities. Additionally, the Department also maintains and staffs a machine shop, student workshop, low-temperature and high-vacuum shop, and electronics design and fabrication shop.



The Department of Physics graduate program is ranked 17th by U.S. News and World Report (2019 ed.), 3rd in Plasma, and 10th in Cosmology/Relativity/Gravity.


Professional Development





Matt Ervin        PMA 7.326       512-471-1664

Physics Graduate Program Administrator



John Keto        PMA 10.315      512-471-5029

Graduate Advisor 



UT Graduate School      Main Bldg. Rm 101        512-471-4511



Graduate Welfare Committee



Natural Sciences Career Services    PAI 5.03     512-471-3172