Doctor of Philosophy in Physics


The PhD in Physics degree program at UT Dallas offers students the opportunity to be involved in forefront research in physics. Our graduates go on to work in industry, academia and government positions.

Our 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 the student 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: A BS 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 electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.


Amanda Hunter
Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Physics
800 W. Campbell Road, PHY36
Richardson, TX 75080-3021

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.