Professional Master of Science Degree
For students who are not planning a career of research in physics, two master's degree programs are available: a Master of Science and a Master of Arts. These programs should be useful for those who want to go into applied work or education, and each should normally be completed in two years or less.
The Master of Science degree requires the completion of a directed research project in addition to a program of coursework. This project (unlike that for the Ph.D.) need not contribute to publishable research, but is to give the student experience in "getting something done" in pure or applied science. The Physics Department requirements for the MS are:
- pass the Physics Department Qualifying Examination at the Master's level
- complete 18 credits of graduate coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or better
- complete an MS thesis on a directed research project
At least 12 of the 18 credits must be in graduate level physics courses (numbered 500 or above) exclusive of Physics 990 (Research). Other non-physics courses carrying graduate credit (courses numbered 300 or above) or Physics 990 may be used to meet the additional 6-credit requirement. The MS project is to be advised by a faculty member and also approved by a second faculty member. It must be written up as an MS dissertation and presented at a Seminar.