Academic Master of Arts 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 his or her opportunities for employment as a physicist or in physics education.  The program is full time and should be completed within two years.

To earn the M.A. degree in the Department of Physics, a student must satisfy the Department’s minimum graduate-level credit requirement.  The Physics Department requires at least 30 credits at the 300 level or above.  Fifteen of the 30 credits must be earned from taking the physics core graduate courses, each passed with a grade of B or better.  These courses are Physics 711 (Dynamics), 715 (Statistical Mechanics), 721 (Electrodynamics), 731 (Quantum Mechanics I), and 732 (Quantum Mechanics II).   The remaining 15 credits may be earned through a combination of coursework, directed study, and research to be determined in consultation with the student’s academic advisor.   An overall 3.0 GPA must be maintained. 

Prior to the end of the first semester in residence, each Master’s student must acquire an academic advisor.   The advisor will consult with the student prior to the start of each term to assist the student in selecting coursework to help the student achieve his or her professional goals. 

A Master of Arts Degree is awarded to a student who has:

1. satisfied the graduate-level credits requirements and Physics course requirements, and

2. passed the Qualifying Examination in Physics at the Master’s level.

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