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MS-Physics  (MS-PHYS)

Option I: Thesis

Option II: Non-thesis with following emphasis:

Applied Physics
Physics Teaching
Initial Teacher Certification

The Department of Physics provides coursework, training, and research experience to students who wish to further their education beyond the bachelor's level to achieve a greater degree of competency and recognition in their profession. The department offers two Master of Science degree programs. In addition to the MS in Physics, the department offers a broad-field program with a concentration in physics for students who wish to prepare to teach in several science fields in secondary schools.

The physics department provides well-equipped instructional and research laboratories. Sophisticated equipment and faculty direction are available for experimental research in solid state physics, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, nanotechnology, microcomputer hardware and software development, and observational astronomy using our remotely-operable 1-m telescopes in Arizona, USA and Chile, South America.

Faculty also conduct research in theoretical nuclear physics and astrophysics, stellar astronomy and astrophysics, and computational physics and astrophysics.  The department also maintains extensive equipment to help prepare science teachers to introduce and teach the latest physics curriculum developments.

Applicants for the MS in Physics with initial teacher certification must also apply for the PBTC (Post Baccalaureate Teacher/Alternative Certification program).  It requires students to complete a minimum of two (2) non-alternative certification courses, maintain a 3.0 or above graduate GPA prior to applying for the PBTC program.  Once the graduate courses are completed, please complete and submit the ACP application.  There is an additional $50 application fee required for the ACP application.

ADMISSIONS INFORMATION: The statement of goals needs to be 300-600 words describing any previous research or teaching experience you might have, as well as your current research and career goals.  You may submit more than one letter of recommendation but no less than one.

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Required Documents for Admission

Admission Consideration Requirements for All Students

  • Apply Texas Application
  • Application fee:  $50 domestic student 
  • All official transcripts - Bachelor's degree, including all transcripts used towards bachelor's degree.  Any master's degree transcript or transcripts with graduate coursework (if applicable).
  • One (1) Letter of Recommendation
  • Resume(Vita)
  • Statement of Purpose

Additional Admission Consideration Requirements for International Students Only

  • Application fee, $75.00, US dollars (this may be paid online when you apply)
  • Bank Statement from the sponsor, must reflect a balance of at least $26,024.82 USD (must be less than 1 year old)
  • Official sponsor statement
  • Official transcripts (with a copy of the provisional certificate or diploma)
    For more information on official transcripts, please click here and read FAQ question:  What transcripts do I submit for my admission?

  • English Proficiency:

    • Official TOEFL report (IBT at least 79, or CBT at least 213, or PBT at least 550), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • Official IELTS report (at least overall 6.00 band), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • Official PTE report (at least overall 53 or higher), scores must be less than 2 years old,
    • Official Duolingo report (at least overall 105 or higher), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • Completion (all years) of a bachelor's degree or higher degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university.

Application Packet Submission Deadline:

Domestic student applications are accepted throughout the year.

International student applications (including all required documents and for programs that are not fully online) have the following deadlines:

Fall admission consideration:          June 1

Spring admission consideration:     October 15

Summer admission consideration:  March 15