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Physics Ph.D. Collaborative UHCL/UH Program

Two Great Universities Support Your Education

The collaborative program for a Ph.D. in Physics is a joint degree between the Physics Departments at the University of Houston and the University of Houston-Clear Lake. This effort unites the Master’s program at UHCL with the Ph.D. program at UH for the mutual benefit of both universities, their students, and the Clear Lake community. While the Ph.D. will be awarded by UH, UHCL supports the effort with its courses and research opportunities. Select faculty at UH and UHCL hold joint appointments. This ensures you have a smooth transition into the PhD program as a student. All UHCL Physics graduate students are encouraged to apply to the UH Physics program in the beginning of their graduate level coursework in order to take advantage of this program.

Use this Rigorous Doctorate to Benefit Your Community

In addition to being the first local Ph.D. in Physics program available to full-time and part-time students, there are multiple benefits for students in this program. The accessibility of pertinent courses and advanced training in Physics for students from the Johnson Space Center and petrochemical communities means those as well as other public and private institutions can retain their own employees. The connection to the UH System for advanced research projects also benefits the community, and the intellectual challenge presented by this coursework, combined with an increased knowledge base improves job satisfaction overall.
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Deadlines for Applying

  • Graduate Deadlines
  • Spring 2020
    New Degree-Seeking Students - December 1
    Former UHCL Students - January 21
  • Summer 2020
    New Degree-Seeking Students - May 1
    Former UHCL Students - May 25
  • Fall 2020
    New Degree-Seeking Students - August 1
    Former UHCL Students - August 10
  • Spring 2021
    New Degree-Seeking Students - December 1
    Former UHCL Students - January 19

Please note, some graduate programs have special requirements and different deadlines from those above. For more information visit How to Apply.

Former UHCL Students and non-degree seeking students applying after the deadlines above may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the appropriate graduate enrollment counselor for more information.

  • International Deadlines
  • Fall

    Priority – March 1
    Final  – June 1

  • Spring

    Priority – August 1
    Final – November 1

  • Summer*

    Priority – February 1
    Final – April 20

Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline

*International freshmen applicants will not be accepted for Summer semester.


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University of Houston-Clear Lake

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-283-7600

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Physics Ph.D. Collaborative UHCL/UH Program Faculty

David Garrison
David Garrison

David Garrison

Director of Graduate Programs for the College of Science and Engineering, Professor and Former Chair of Physics ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3796
Email: garrison@uhcl.edu
Office: B3531-2

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Ju H. Kim
Ju Kim

Ju H. Kim

Professor of Physics,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3717
Email: KimJ@UHCL.edu
Office: B3611

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Samina S. Masood
Samina Masood

Samina S. Masood

Associate Professor of Physics,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3781
Email: masood@uhcl.edu
Office: B3525-8

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Van E. Mayes
Van Mayes

Van Eric Mayes

Assistant Professor of Physics,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3764
Email: MayesV@UHCL.edu
Office: B3321

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Walter Thompson
Walter Thompson

Walter Thompson

Lecturer of Physics,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3768
Email: ThompsonW@UHCL.edu
Office: B3321

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Paul A. Withey
Paul Withey

Paul Withey

Program Chair of Physics, Associate Professor of Physics,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3799
Email: Withey@UHCL.edu
Office: B3531

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