Master's Degree

Physics (M.S.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Masters of Science in Physics offers students the opportunity to pursue graduate coursework in a variety of basic Physics fields such as mechanics: classical, quantum, statistical and fluid; electrodynamics; biophysics; plasma physics and magnetohydrodynamics; solid state physics; optics: nonlinear, biophotonics, and lasers; mathematical and computational physics. Students will have opportunities to choose Special Topics courses taught by the UTSA Physics faculty and core scientists from the Southwest Research Institute Space Science and Engineering Division, covering various topics in the fields of biophysics and biomedical physics; space physics and astrophysics to include heliospheric physics, magnetospheric physics, planetary science, computational fluid dynamics, cosmology, and space weather. Other special topics courses will include theoretical physics to include general relativity, cosmology, advanced condensed matter physics, quantum field theory and particle physics.

Why pursue an M.S. in Physics at UTSA?

  • Offers both a Thesis and a Non-Thesis degree option. 
  • Currently the 5th largest Graduate program in Physics in Texas. 
  • Students electing a thesis option have the opportunity to be involved in cutting-edge areas of research, quality of research and productivity. 
  • Small program where students have a true chance of one-on-one time with their advisors and other faculty members. 
  • Nominated for the STAR awards of the THECB. 
  • Joint program with the Space Science Dvision of the Southwest Research Institute. 

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

Admission requirements and pre-requisites: Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study -preferably in Physics.

Specific Degree Requirements: Background or remedial courses in Physics may be required to remove deficiencies.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Graduate Studies Application: Yes

Department Application: No

Test Scores: General GRE Required

Resume: Yes

Letters of Recommendation: 2 L/R Required- from persons familiar with the applicant's undergraduate scholastic record.

Statement of Purpose: Yes

Other Degree Requirements: B.S. in Physics or at least 18 undergrad hours in upper-division physics courses.

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements:  International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

Degree Requirements

  • The Master of Science program requires the successful completion of a minimum of 30 semester credit hours.
  • For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.


Application Deadline Dates

Domestic Applicants (Citizens and Permanent Residents):

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: April 1
  • Fall: July 1

International Applicants:

  • Spring: September 1
  • Summer: March 1
  • Fall: April 1

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Lorenzo Brancaleon, Ph.D.
Telephone: (210) 458-5694

Degree Website:

Degree Catalog Link:

Career Options Available for a Physics graduate

  • Academic research or research in industry including sectors such as hi-tech, semiconductor, biotech, pharma, advanced nonmaterials, lasers.
  • This article provides information on salary approximations and employment statistics for those with a graduate degree in Physics.

Funding Opportunities

A limited number of teaching or research assistantships and fellowships are available to qualified students. Financial assistance is limited and awarded on a competitive basis. 

Course Scheduling and Offerings

  • This program is housed on UTSA’s Main Campus.
  • Courses are offered at various times of the day generally scheduled later in the afternoon.

Research taking place in the M.S. in Physics Program

  • Cutting edge research in nanoparticles, advanced thin film technology, biophotonics, protein structure, integrated experimental/computational approach to molecular biophysics, advanced materials (e.g., photonics crystals), nanomaterials, research in terahertz application, computational condensed matter, space physics and space instrumentation.
  • Additional faculty with novel research lines will join the program next fall.