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. UTSA has a streamlined Graduate Admissions Application process where students can apply, upload documents, and more all through one application. You can learn more about the application process at UTSA here.

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 Coordinator
Angela Rihn, M.Ed.


Department Chair
Dr. Angela Speck

Program Manager
Belinda Tucker

Application Requirements for the Physics Doctoral Program

  • Graduate School Application

    Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

  • Application Fee

    A non-refundable application processing fee is charged per application to a graduate program.

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

    From the Graduate Admissions Application platform, upload official transcripts from all post-secondary colleges or universities you have previously attended or are presently attending. The number of identified institutions must match the number of transcripts uploaded. Failure to include all colleges/universities on your application may result in your application not being processed. Please note once submitted, all documents become the property of UTSA and will not be returned.

    Unofficial Transcripts – Applicants must submit unofficial transcripts to complete your Graduate Admissions Application; however, once a decision is rendered, all official documentation will need to be submitted to UTSA and can be sent to

    Official Transcripts for Admitted Students – Once a decision is rendered, admitted students must request official transcripts to be sent from their Institution to UTSA. Official transcripts can be received from another institution electronically via SPEEDE, E-Script, National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, and other Electronic (eTranscript) Exchange systems or emailed directly to from the institution. Official transcripts can also be mailed to the address below.

    The University of Texas at San Antonio
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    One UTSA Circle
    San Antonio, TX 78249-0616

    Proof of Degree – A degree must be obtained from an accredited college/university in the United States or equivalent training at a foreign institution. If you are currently attending a university, a final official transcript must be submitted upon completion of coursework. If you have completed your degree, the award of degree must be noted on the transcript.

    Evaluation of Foreign Credentials – Any applicants, including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents, who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit a detailed course-by-course credential evaluation along with transcripts. Summaries will not be accepted. Please note the following:

    • Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed. Processing time may take up to three weeks, and students should plan accordingly with the admission deadlines of the programs for which they are applying.
    • Students can request an official ECE credential evaluation directly through the UTSA application portal. ECE can be reached through their live chat. For UTSA application portal (CAS) ordering instructions, please visit this page: UTSA Graduate Admissions CAS Instructions
    • UTSA will also accept foreign credit evaluations from FCSA or any other NACES approved evaluation agency. The application form for FCSA can be found on this link. FCSA can be reached at (512)459-8428 or

    Foreign Transcripts – International transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English. Transcripts in the original language must accompany all translated documents.

    UTSA Students and Alumni – UTSA students and alumni do not need to submit official UTSA transcripts.

  • Test Scores

    Physics GRE scores 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.

  • Submit Other Documents

    These supplementary materials are uploaded with the general application:

    • Minimum 2 letters of recommendations,
    • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • Statement of Purpose

    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 & Application Requirements 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)

Academic Year 2024-2025FallSpringSummer
PriorityMarch 1Not AvailableNot Available
InternationalJune 1December 1May 1
DomesticJune 1December 1May 1

Physics (PhD)

Academic Year 2024-2025FallSpringSummer
InternationalJanuary 1October 1Not Available
DomesticJanuary 1October 1Not Available

After Applying

You can check your admission status anytime on your myUTSA Account Classic View, your online student portal. Once you’ve logged in, navigate to the “Future Roadrunner” tab to see your various statuses. In order to log into your myUTSA Account, you must claim your myUTSA ID. 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 Admitted Graduate 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