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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Physics

Graduate School of Sciences - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Physics

Date Program Established - 9/1/2005


For specific information about this Degree Program go to: http://physics.utsa.edu/graduate.html.


1 Number of Degrees Per Year 2.7 (average, 2009-2011)
2 Graduation Rates  5% in 4 Years
35% in 5 Years
40% in 6 Years
3 Average Time to Degree 4.6 Years (average, 2009-2011)
4 Graduate Employment Profile (one year after graduation)
Academic Year # % Employed % Still Seeking % Unknown
2008-2009 -- -- -- --
2009-2010 2 100% 0% 0%
2010-2011 6 83% 0% 17%
5 Admissions Criteria

In addition to satisfying the University-wide graduate admission requirements, applicants must have a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited university and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework and all graduate work, preferably in physics. Applicants must submit scores from the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE). A minimum of two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s undergraduate (and graduate, where applicable) scholastic record must be sent to the Graduate School at the same time application is made for admission to UTSA. Background or remedial courses in physics may be required to remove deficiencies. The Physics GRE is not required but is strongly recommended.

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The English Language Assessment Procedure is a mandatory assessment for incoming international students whose TOEFL scores are between 550 and 600 (paper version) or 79 and 100 (Internet version). See Chapter 1, Admission, of this catalog for details.

For more details, see http://www.graduateschool.utsa.edu/prospective_students/academic_programs

6 Percentage Full-time Students (FTS) with Financial Support 43 (91%)
7 Average Financial Support Provided $19,069
8 Student‐Core Faculty Ratio 1.35
9 Core Faculty Publications
Academic Year Number of Publications
2008-2009 32
2009-2010 111
2010-2011 128
10 Core Faculty External Grants
Average Faculty Receiving Funds 20
Grant Value Per Faculty $108,100
Total Grant Value Per Program Per Year $6,730,452
11 Percentage Full-Time Students 87%
12 Number of Core Faculty 40
13 Faculty Teaching Load 8.8
14 Faculty Diversity
Ethnicity Male Female
White 22 2
Black 0 1
Hispanic 6 2
Other 6 1
Total 34 6
15 Student Diversity
Ethnicity Male Female Total
White 22 2 24
Black 0 0 0
Hispanic 5 0 5
Other 22 3 25
Total 49 5 54
16 Date of Last External Review Under New Review Procedures Scheduled for Fall 2013
17 External Program Accreditation
18 Student Publications/Presentations
Academic Year Number of Publications/Presentations
2008-2009 46
2009-2010 74
2010-2011 77