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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.


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Matt Ervin        PMA 7.326       512-471-1664
Physics Graduate Program Administrator

Andreas Karch        PMA 9.320A
Physics Graduate Associate Chair
Richard Fitzpatrick      PMA 11.226      512-560-7295
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