Graduate Program

The Department of Physics at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is one of the top research-­oriented physics departments among the public Universities in the state of Texas. The Department conducts research in several areas of theoretical and experimental physics including searches for gravitational waves with LIGO detectors, pulsar timing arrays, optics and lasers, nanophotonics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, computational physics, and many more. There are two Federally-funded Research Centers (CGWA and CARA) and several modern laboratories on campus outfit with the state-of-the-art research instrumentation. The Physics faculty is actively involved in international collaborations (LSC, Nanograv, Toros, and many others) and the students have been recognized for winning awards and getting national recognition.

The Physics graduate program consists of two parts: the first part (2 yrs.) leads to the MS degree and the second part (3 yrs.) leads to the PhD degree given in cooperation with UT Arlington. Our graduate program is primarily geared towards a terminal PhD degree. However, if for some reason the student decides not to continue for PhD, he/she can exit the program with the MS degree in Physics upon satisfying the necessary requirements.

Interested students can choose to do research from a variety of research directions currently pursued at the Department. These include searches for gravitational waves with LIGO detectors, pulsar timing , optics and lasers, nanophotonics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, computational physics, and others.

In Fall 2015, the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in a historic move to bring together the resources and assets of UT Brownsville/Texas Southmost College and UT Pan American making it possible for the new University to benefit from the Permanent University Fund which is one of the largest US public endowments supporting universities. UTRGV will also have the new School of Medicine. The newly formed UTRGV will establish a modern premier University in the state of Texas.The department of Physics at UTRGV is a strong and well-funded research department with globally recognized high quality of education and research.

Requirements: BS degree in Physics, Mathematics, and Engineering or an equivalent qualification. The following upper-division undergraduate are strict pre-requisites.
Classical Mechanics
Quantum Mechanics
Electricity and Magnetism
Thermodynamics
Mathematical Physics

Financial Support: Qualified students will receive financial support based on the merit of their application. Physics Department will have several TA and RA positions for graduate students which include financial support in the form of a stipend ($5,000 per semester as TA or RA) and full tuition coverage. Please also see for Dean's Graduate Scholarship.

Where to Apply: Please submit your applications online to http://www.utrgv.edu/graduate/for-future-students/how-to-apply/index.htm.