Master of Science (M.S.) Degree

Master of Science (M.S.) Program

The M.S. program is a professional program designed to strengthen the student’s physics background and experience in physics, and enhance his or her opportunities for employment as a physicist or in physics education.  

The program requires the completion of a directed master's project and thesis in the student's area of interest, 30 credits of graduate work, and passage of the qualifying exam at the master's level. 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 research (Physics 990) and coursework, to be determined by the student's advisor in consultation with the student.  An overall GPA of 3.0 must be maintained.

In addition to the credit requirements for the M.S. degree, the student must present satisfactory evidence of scientific writing and presentation skills.  This will usually be done through the submission of a Master’s Thesis written at a satisfactorily professional level, together with an oral Master's Defense of the project to the student's Master's thesis committee. Further details about the M.S. program in physics can be found at the Graduate Guide. (More details about the committee requirements can be found in the Academic Policies and Procedures site through the Graduate School.)

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