Master's and Doctoral Programs

Graduate opportunities

A graduate degree in Physics from the University of North Texas provides you with high-quality instruction, individual attention and access to an array of resources to support your studies and research.

The Department of Physics offers course work leading to a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physics. Valuable research experience is emphasized, starting at the master's level.

You'll work with accomplished and respected faculty members in state-of-the-art research facilities. Among the faculty are four Fellows of the American Physical Society and editorial board members of several international journals.

During your studies, you may perform research in a variety of areas, including:

  • Computational materials modeling
  • Experimental accelerator-based materials modification and analysis
  • Nonlinear dynamics and complex systems
  • Quantum optics and nanophotonics
  • Theoretical and experimental atomic physics
  • Theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics

Success awaits

More than 50 full-time graduate students conduct research under the supervision of 22 faculty members, making our physics program one of Texas' largest. A friendly and supportive team spirit characterizes the physics research laboratories and classrooms.

We also offer a variety of other valuable opportunities to prepare you for success. Our students routinely author and co-author refereed publications in professional literature. Students also regularly participate in national and international professional meetings, where they present their research results, begin establishing their reputations as scientists and develop important networks of contacts.

Our curriculum offers experience in solving important problems ranging from the fundamental to the applied. Doors will be opened to a variety of exciting fields and future career opportunities in education and academia, industry and the private sector and at national laboratories and other government agencies.

Outstanding student resources

UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical research.

The Toulouse Graduate School® offers several professional development workshops, including Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camps. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.

Research opportunities and facilities

Students have opportunities to participate in faculty directed research that's funded by the National Science Foundation, the Air Force, the Army Research Office, NASA, the U.S. Department of Energy and industrial partners. There are numerous collaborative research opportunities involving interaction with scientists from prominent national institutions and from Australia, Italy, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Spain and Mexico.

You'll have access to world-class research facilities in the department such as the:

  • Ion Beam Modification and Analysis Laboratory, containing four electrostatic accelerators and ancillary equipment to study materials modification and analysis by ion beams
  • Optical Micro-/Nanofabrication Laboratory, with instrumentation for development and fabrication of photonic and plasmonic devices and other nanophotonic structures
  • Precision Atomic Physics and Laser Laboratory, equipped for the development of precision laser light sources and their application to fundamental tests of quantum electrodynamics
  • Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Laboratory, which includes instrumentation to examine nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes and graphene with atomic resolution
  • Solid State Physics Laboratory, which is equipped for nanostructure synthesis and characterization and to develop and study nanoscale device applications
  • Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Nanophotonics Laboratory, a laser-based lab where femtosecond pulses illuminate the subtleties of nanostructures and other exotic materials

In addition, students have access to campus research facilities such as:

  • The Center for Advanced Research and Technology, equipped with an extensive array of instruments for micro- and nano-characterization of materials
  • The Nanofabrication Analysis and Research Facility, a clean room with synthesis, processing and testing capabilities for materials
  • TALON 2.0, a high-performance cluster computing facility configured with 248 nodes and operating at speeds up to 88 teraflops

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

Master's program

You must meet the admission requirements of the graduate school and the department. Successful applicants usually have a minimum 3.0 GPA, a minimum GRE score of 151 on the quantitative reasoning portion and a score of 4 or higher on the analytical writing section. For more details, contact the Department of Physics or visit our website.

Doctoral program

Admission requirements to the doctoral program are similar to those for the master's program. Admission to candidacy requires a satisfactory performance on the doctoral qualifying exam after completing the basic graduate physics curriculum, usually at the end of the second year of graduate study. More information about program admission is at our website.

Degree requirements

Master's degree

The M.S. degree requires completing 36 credit hours using one of three options: write a thesis, complete a Research Problems in Lieu of Thesis with written report or pass the master's terminal exam.

Ph.D. degree

The Ph.D. degree represents the attainment of a high level of scholarship and achievement in independent research. It requires a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the master's degree or 90 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree.

After the qualifying exam, you'll write and present a proposal for research, which must be approved by your graduate advisory committee. The research culminates with your written dissertation and oral defense, which must be approved by your advisory committee.

Financial assistance

Most full-time students are supported with an assistantship or fellowship. Our department offers graduate teaching assistantships at three different levels ranging from $1,680 to $2,280 per month for nine months and summer employment possibilities. Research assistantships are also frequently available for returning students. This aid is accompanied by an out-of-state tuition waiver and the possibility for competitive tuition remission grants.

You should apply at the earliest opportunity. New physics graduate students may be considered for other graduate-level fellowships. You must be nominated for the fellowships by the department.

More information about other financial assistance programs is at the financial aid website.