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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a compilation of the most commonly received questions regarding the Graduate Program, Admissions, and other graduate-related topics. Additional resource sites & contacts are provided below. If your question is not addressed here or in the other areas of this site, please email us at admissions@physics.utexas.edu.

Please note, the Department of Physics at The University of Texas at Austin no longer requires the General GRE and the GRE Subject Test in Physics (pGRE) is now optional.

Should you choose to submit the pGRE—then the personal statement section of your Statement of Purpose must also make explicit your reasons for doing so (including the ways in which you believe these scores are essential to the success of your application as a whole). If you submit such scores and you do not include this information in your Statement of Purpose, then your scores will not be considered in our review of your application.

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Helpful Sites

  • Dissertations and Theses
    An online repository of dissertations and theses, provided and maintained by the UT Library system.



Graduate Admissions Coordinator

Physics Graduate Recruitment Committee
Dierdre Shoemaker, Professor of Physics


Graduate Advisor
Richard Fitzpatrick, Professor of Physics
PMA 11.226 • (512) 560-7295

Graduate Program Coordinator
Matt Ervin
PMA 7.326 • (512) 471-1664

Physics Graduate Representatives