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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.

Degree Requirements

  • B.S. in Physics or at least 18 undergrad hours in upper-division physics courses.
  • The Master of Science program requires the successful completion of a minimum of 30 semester credit hours.
  • Background or remedial courses in Physics may be required to remove deficiencies.
  • For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines:

Admission Prerequisites:

  • Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study -preferably in Physics.

Application Requirements:

  • A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
  • A complete Graduate Studies application.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
  • General GRE Required
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation are required from persons familiar with the applicant's undergraduate scholastic record.
  • Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.
    • An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
    • The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
    International Applicants:
    • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
    • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
    Additional Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet international graduate student admission requirements.

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.

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.

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Kelly Nash, Ph.D.
Telephone: (210) 458-6153

Degree Website:

Degree Catalog Link:

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.