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 2018

    New Degree Seeking - December 1
    Priority* - January 4
    Final* and Session Start - January 16

  • Summer 2018

    New Degree Seeking - May 1 (Some programs may not apply)

  • Fall 2018

    New Degree Seeking - August 1
    Priority* - August 13
    Final* and Session Start - August 27

*Former/Non-degree seeking/Certificate Graduate Students applicants who apply after the priority deadline can expect to go through late registration. $50 late registration fee will be assessed.

  • International Deadlines
  • Fall

    Priority – March 1
    Final  – June 1

  • Spring*

    Priority – August 1
    Final – November 1

  • Summer

    Priority – February 1
    Final – April 1

*The application deadline for Spring 2018 Undergraduate applicants has been extended to December 13, 2017. Students who are in the U.S. and interested in applying for the Spring 2018 semester should contact for the application and application requirements. Students will not be able to apply online for the Spring 2018 semester.

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

Freshman will not be accepted for Summer semester


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

Contact number: 281-283-3796
Office: B3531-2

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Ju H. Kim
Ju Kim

Ju H. Kim

Interim Dean of the College of Science and Engineering and Professor of Physics,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3717
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
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
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
Office: B3531

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