FAQs | Department of Physics


Graduate applicants to UNT are evaluated holistically, based on specific departmental and program requirements.

What are the minimum requirements to be considered a competitive applicant?

GPA minimum requirements:

  • 2.8 GPA in the undergraduate degree
  • 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree
  • 3.5 GPA in a graduate degree (if applicable)

GRE minimum requirements:

  • 152 GRE Quantitative Reasoning score
  • 147 GRE Verbal Reasoning score
  • 3.5 GRE Analytical Writing score

Physics Courses:

A letter grade of B- or better in each of the following four standard junior/senior undergraduate physics courses:

  • Mechanics (e.g., PHYS 3210 at UNT*)
  • Statistical and Thermal Physics (e.g., PHYS 4110 at UNT*)
  • Electricity and Magnetism (e.g., PHYS 4210 at UNT*)
  • Quantum Mechanics (e.g., PHYS 4310 at UNT*)

*or an equivalent course or pair of courses at another university.

I have a low GPA or GRE scores; will I be disqualified?

  • Your application is reviewed holistically, as a whole picture of you; no one piece is disqualifying by itself.

What is a Statement of Purpose?

A Statement of Purpose is a 1-2 page essay that generally serves to explain why you are applying to this program. The content and writing style is up to the individual, but the admissions committee will expect to see:

  • Why you want to study advanced physics
  • What you plan to do with your degree
  • Your past research experiences
  • Why you want to study physics at UNT
  • Your research areas of interest, including specific UNT faculty research group.

What is a C.V.?

C.V. is an abbreviation for Curriculum Vitae, a type resume that highlights education, original research, presentations you've given and/or papers you've had published.

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