Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree

Academic Master of Arts Program

The M.A. program is an academic, course-based program designed to strengthen the student’s physics background, and enhance opportunities for employment as a physicist or in physics education.  

To earn the M.A. degree in the Department of Physics, a student must satisfy the Department’s minimum graduate-level credit requirement of 30 credits. Fifteen of the 30 credits must be earned from taking the physics core graduate courses (Physics 711, 715, 721, 731, and 732), each passed with a grade of B or better. The remaining 15 credits may be earned through a combination of coursework, directed study, and research (Physics 990) to be determined in consultation with the student’s academic advisor.   An overall 3.0 GPA must be maintained. The M.A. degree also requires passage of the Qualifying Exam at the Master's level. Further details about the M.A. can be found at the Graduate Guide.

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