Academic Master of Arts 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 Arts in Physics is similar to the traditional master's degree. The MA program can consist entirely of coursework, and is intended for students with more cultural or educational orientation. The Physics Department's requirements for the MA are as follows:
1. pass the Physics Department Qualifying Examination at the Master's level
2. complete 24 credits of graduate coursework (numbered 500 or above) with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
At least 18 of the 24 credits presented must be in graduate level courses (numbered 500 or above) exclusive of Physics 990 (Research). Physics 990 or other courses carrying graduate credit (courses numbered 300 or above) may be used to meet the additional 6-credit requirement.