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The Physics Graduate Program

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 ranked 16th in the “2010 U.S. News and World Report,” while we ranked 5th in Plasma (Ranked in 2008) and 11th in Elementary Particle/Fields/String Theory (Ranked in 2008).

Contacts and Links
Graduate Coordinator
Matt Ervin
RLM 5.224 • (512) 471-1664
Graduate Advisor
John Keto
RLM 10.315 • (512) 471-5029
UT Graduate School
Main Bldg., Room 101
(512) 471-4511
Graduate Welfare Committee
Natural Sciences Career Services
PAI 5.03 • (512) 471-3172