Physics M.S.

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Physics M.S.

Physics M.S. Degree Requirements

Five required courses: Experimental Physics 805 (or equivalent demonstrated experimental proficiency), Mathematical Methods of Physics 931, Theoretical Mechanics 939, Electromagnetic Theory 941, Quantum Mechanics 943.  Students are also expected to take two semesters of Physics 806 Introduction to Physics Research & Teaching.


  • 9 additional credits of coursework plus six credit hours of Master's thesis work (PHYS 899) and an oral thesis defense OR
  • 15 additional credits of coursework including a research project and an oral exam in the form of a seminar.

​Students enrolled in the Ph.D. program can receive a Master's after completing 15 additional credits of coursework and passing the written comprehensive and the oral qualifying exam.