How to Apply

Admission to graduate programs at UTA is competitive! Each academic department sets its own admissions requirements and makes independent admission decisions.

1. Submit Application & Pay Application Fee

Statement of Purpose is required with application

Applications cannot be considered before final submission. Application information cannot be edited after final submission. Applicants must submit an application on or before the term due date to be considered for admission.

The application fee can be paid through the application website using a credit card or on the University of Texas at Arlington MyMav Student Center using a credit card. The application fee is $75 for domestic students and $90 for international students.

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2. Submit Transcripts

Degree Certificates are required for international students

You will need to submit transcripts from each college or university you attended to the Office of Admissions. Currently enrolled or former UTA students do not need to request their UTA transcript. If you have submitted your graduate application and have not already requested your official transcripts/degree verification to be sent to UTA and wish to have your application processed with unofficial transcripts/degree verification, upload digital copies of your unofficial transcripts/degree verification.

Review and upload unofficial transcripts at the Graduate Student Transcript/Degree Submission form. 

View our Official Transcript Guidelines for more information.


3. Submit Official GRE Scores

Official test scores should be sent directly from the testing agency and must not be older than five years. UTA's ETS institutional code is 6013. The Physics Department minimum requirement for GRE scores is 294 (Q + V). Visit the GRE website to submit scores.


4. Submit Official English Language Scores

UTA accepts TOEFL or IELTS. If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate a sufficient level of skill with the English language to assure success in graduate studies.



Minimum Score

TOEFL internet-based

81 (with sectional scores of 22 writing, 23 speaking, 20 reading, and 16 listening or higher)


6.5 (with a sectional score of 7 or higher on speaking)


5. Letters of Recommendation

A minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation are required. Generally, these letters are written by faculty who are familiar with your work and can address your potential for success in graduate school and beyond. Recommendation requests are not sent to the recommender after the applicant submits the application. The recommender will need to e-mail their recommendation letter to the Department of Physics using Applicants are encouraged to ensure that all letters of recommendation are received prior to the application deadline.

6. Submit CV or Resume

A current CV or resume with educational background, any related employment experience, and any relevant research experience should be submitted by e-mail to the Department of Physics using

7. Application Status

Applicants will be sent an application receipt e-mail 5-10 business days after the application has been submitted. This e-mail will contain your NetID and instructions to activate your MyMav account. You can check your application status in your MyMav account. Please allow a minimum of 14 business days after submitting your documents for it to appear as "complete" in your MyMav account.