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Doctor of Philosophy in Physics


The PhD in physics degree program offers students the opportunity to be involved in forefront research in physics. Graduates go on to work in industry, academia and government positions.

The graduate program develops individual creativity and expertise in physics and is strongly focused on research. Students are encouraged to participate in ongoing research activities from the beginning of their graduate studies. The research experience culminates with the doctoral dissertation, the essential element of the PhD program that prepares students for careers in academia, government laboratories or industry.

Program Information

School: School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Program: Physics

Catalog page: PhD

PhD in Physics Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Bachelor's in physics or closely related subjects from an accredited university or college

Test score required: Yes

Recommended combined score on the verbal and quantitative parts of the GRE of 308, with at least 155 on the quantitative part, is advisable. An official score on the GRE Subject Test in Physics is required. 

Letters of recommendation: Required

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the completed Request for Recommendation form. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the program.

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.


Barbara Burbey
Graduate Support Assistant
800 W. Campbell Road PHY36
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Office: PHY 1.702

Possible Careers

Researcher, physicist, professor, and various positions in academia, government and industry

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.