All of the following information has been taken directly from the UTSA Graduate Admissions site, as well as the site for the Department of Physics and Astronomy. To ensure the application to the graduate program is complete, first look through the overview of the application process at UTSA here. Of special importance is the Application Checklist for graduate admissions.

For more information about the programs available in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and research areas within the department, go here. General information about Southwest Research Institute can be found here.

SwRI/UTSA Space Physics Program Point-of-Contacts


Lead Adjoint Professor
Dr. Rob Ebert

Program Co-Coordinator
Jessica Armstrong

Program Co-Coordinator
Angela Rihn


Department Chair
Dr. Angela Speck

Program Manager
Belinda Tucker

Application Requirements for the Physics Doctoral Program

  • Graduate School Application

    The general application, to be completed online, is for consideration of admittance to the UTSA Graduate School. For an overview of the steps to complete the application, please go through the Graduate School Application Instructions.

  • Application Fee

    The application fee is a one-time fee that is nonrefundable. It is paid through the online graduate admissions application system.

    • Non-UTSA graduates applicants: $50
    • International applicants: $90

    The application fee can also be paid online through the UTSA Application Fee Payment Page.

  • Transcripts

    Submit official transcripts from all institutions you attended, including community colleges. The official transcript must indicate the completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or its equivalent from an institution outside of the US. The official transcript will indicate the type of degree and the date earned. In order for your academic documents to be official, they must be in a sealed envelope with the school seal or signature on the back side of the envelope.

    For international applicants, a degree certificate, provisional certificate, or diploma is required along with your official transcripts. Submit all official transcripts in their original language along with certified English translations. The academic institution or government agency must perform the translation services.

    The University of Texas at San Antonio
    Attn: The Graduate School
    One UTSA Circle
    San Antonio, TX. 78249

    PHONE: (210) 458-4331
    FAX: (210) 458-4332
    School code for e-transcripts: 010115
  • Test Scores

    For all, General GRE scores are required. Physics GRE scores are strongly recommended, but not required.

    For international applicants,TOEFL and IELTS test score are required.
    Minimum TOEFL score: 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively
    Minimum IELTS score: 6.5

    Institutional code: 6919

  • University Level Credit From Foreign Institutions

    U.S. Citizens (Domestic) or permanent residents who have earned university level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit all official transcripts from foreign institutions along with an evaluation of the transcripts from a foreign credential agency. An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.

    The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. If you need a request form, click on Application Information and Instructions.

  • Additional Materials

    These supplementary materials are uploaded with the general application:

    • Minimum 2 letters of recommendations,
    • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) – Not Required
    • Statement of Purpose – Not Required

    Each letter of recommendation is to be from person familiar with the applicant’s undergraduate (and graduate, where applicable) scholastic record.

  • Other Additional Requirements

    International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

    See Admission Requirements and Deadlines-Physics for more information about the admission requirements for graduate programs in Physics.

Admission Deadlines

For information on deadlines for other departments and general information about the application deadlines, visit Physics and Astronomy – Prospective Graduate Students.

Physics (MS)

PriorityMarch 1October 1Not Available
InternationalJune 1November 1April 15
DomesticJune 1November 1April 15

Physics (PhD)

InternationalJanuary 1Not AvailableNot Available
DomesticJanuary1Not AvailableNot Available

After Applying

To check your status, you may email the to determine what application items have or have not been received. Be proactive about keeping up with the admissions process! For questions regarding submitted applications and supporting documents, contact the Graduate Admissions Staff for the College of Science.

Upon Admission

Visit the After You’re Admitted section for UTSA’s Graduate Admissions site for an overview of the next steps once admitted to the program.

See also Financial Aid and Funding Information for Graduate Students for options of financial support available to newly admitted graduate students. Monetary support will be determined upon admission to the Physics program.

Class Enrollment

A student account will have been created upon admission and acceptance into UTSA. A UTSA banner ID and myUTSA ID will be generated to use to access the Automated Student Access Program (ASAP) and other myUTSA applications. Class registration and records, payment of tuition and fees, payment for parking permits and tickets, ordering transcripts, and course evaluations are all done through ASAP.

UTSA banner ID example: @12345678
myUTSA ID example: abc123