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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Physics



What will I learn?

The Physics PhD degree offers students the opportunity to perform forefront research in fundamental physics. Areas of research include, but are not restricted to, theoretical and experimental investigations in: atomic and molecular physics, computational physics, high-energy physics, low-temperature/condensed matter physics, materials science, nuclear physics, and quantum optics. The research is supported by state-of-the-art experimental equipment, access to high-performance computing, a variable-energy cyclotron, and many shared campus facilities.

Courses PHYS 601, PHYS 603, PHYS 606, PHYS 607, PHYS 611, PHYS 615, and PHYS 624 and two graduate courses chosen from three distribution electives: high energy/nuclear, atomic and molecular optics/condensed matter and/or astronomy are required for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. More advanced courses in a number of specialized fields are available for candidates for the PhD degree.

As part of the training of the graduate student pursuing an MS or PhD, the Department of Physics and Astronomy recommends that all students serve as teaching assistants for at least two semesters.

Which department am I in?

College of Science

Study options

Full Time (64 hours)

Tuition fees
US$17,558.00 per year
The above fee is for 2022-2023 College Station Graduate Fall and Spring (Amounts are based on 9 credit hours per semester); 2021-2022 College Station Graduate Summer: USD $3,173 (Amounts are based on 3 credit hours per semester)
Start date

Expected August 2023


College of Science

517 Blocker Building,

155 Ireland Street,



77843, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL score of 600 (paper test); PTE Academic score of 68.

For international students

You are an international graduate applicant if you:

are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States (or applicant for permanent residency)

you have not graduated from a Texas high school after three years in residence in Texas

hold a bachelor’s or professional degree (or equivalent)

English proficiency can also be demonstrated by:

Minimum TOEFL i-BT score of 80 (in person or Home Edition) from a test date within two years (Texas A&M University does not accept the MyBest TOEFL score), or
Minimum TOEFL Essentials score of 8.5, or
Minimum IELTS Academic test score of 6.0 overall band (Texas A&M University does not accept the IELTS General test), or
GRE Verbal Reasoning score of at least 146 (subject to departmental approval), or
GMAT Verbal Score of at least 22 (subject to departmental approval), or
Acquiring alternative verification during the admission process from the Graduate and Professional School via a departmental request.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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