Department of Physics and Astronomy



a)   Prepare master’s students with a strong foundation in the fundamentals of PV science and technology;
b)   Complement the science education through management course work directly relevant to business aspects of manufacturing.
c)   Expose students to a range of research activities on the UT campus in laboratories of world-expert faculty in PV.
d)   Place the students as interns in PV manufacturing facilities for six months to enhance their practical training and employability.

Study Plan (37 credit hours total)


Standard Courses (Course, Credits)



Year 1

  • Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS 6320, 3)
  • Semiconductors I (PHYS 6630, 3)
  • Technology Commercialization (EFSB 6690, 3) or New Venture Creation (EFSB 6590, 3)
  • Physics Journal Seminar (PHYS 6020, 1)
  • Colloquium (PHYS 6010, 2)

PV Research and Development (UT/PVIC)


Year 1

  • Classical Electrodynamics I (PHYS 6250, 3)
  • Fundamentals of Solar Cells (PHYS 6640, 3)
  • Supply Chain Management (BUAD 6600, 3)
  • Physics Journal Seminar (PHYS 6020, 1)
  • Colloquium (PHYS 6010, 2)

PV Research and Development (UT/PVIC)


Year 1

  • No coursework requirements

PV research at UT (PHYS 6960, 2)


Year 2

  • Photovoltaic Materials and Device Physics Laboratory (PHYS 6280, 3)
  • System Analysis and Design (INFS 6560, 3)

Independent Study (PHYS 6990, 3)

Spring / Summer

Year 2

  • No coursework requirements

Corporate Internship Program (PHYS 6940, 6 total)

The PSM-PV is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in Physics, Chemistry, an Engineering discipline (e.g. Electrical, Chemical, or Mechanical), or a closely-related field.

Application Information

Undergraduate GPA 2.7 or better (competitive).  Provide official transcript and 3 letters of recommendation. GRE General test is required; GRE subject test in Physics is strongly encouraged. 

Deadline: Completed applications for Fall 2015 admission to the PSM-PV program should be submitted to the Graduate School by January 31*, 2015 to be considered in the first round.  *[Note - for all other Physics and Astronomy graduate programs, the application deadline remains Jan. 15, 2015.]

International students: TOEFL iBT ≥80 (iBT strongly preferred), with a minimum Speaking score of 22.

Assistantships: Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2015 admission, offering up to two Choose Ohio First scholarships (open only to Ohio residents;  includes assistantship stipend plus tuition waiver).  A limited number of competitive assistantships are open to non-Ohio residents.  For additional information, see the Financial Assistance page.

To apply for admission, go to the College of Graduate Studies Admissions and choose “Regular Admissions Application” (you will be applying to a Main Campus program).

Inquiries: Prof. Sanjay Khare,

Graduate Program

Last Updated: 6/26/15