Master of Science in Physics

Master of Science in Physics (30 hours)

  1. Twenty-four hours of graduate coursework, which must include the following 13 hours of 8000-level courses:
    • PHYS 8010 Advanced Classical Mechanics (4)
    • PHYS 8100 Electromagnetic Theory I (3)
    • PHYS 8110 Electromagnetic Theory II (3)
    • PHYS 8210 Quantum Mechanics I (3)
    • Other course requirements may apply for Biophysics and Applied Physics options. Contact the relevant graduate director for details.
  2. No more than one hour of ASTR 6300/PHYS 6300 and one hour of ASTR 6310/PHYS 6310 can be applied to the M.S. degree requirements.
  3. Proficiency in a foreign language or in an approved research skill. Contact the department for details.
  4. A general examination.
  5. Six hours of PHYS 8999 Thesis Research.
  6. A thesis.
  7. A thesis defense.
Master of Science in Physics, Concentration in Astronomy (30 hours)
  1. Twenty-four hours of graduate coursework, which must include:
    • ASTR 6000 Fundamentals of Astrophysics.
    • Nine additional hours of 8000-level graduate astronomy courses.
    • No more than one hour of ASTR 6300/PHYS 6300 and one hour of ASTR 6310/PHYS 6310 can be applied to the M.S. degree.
  2. Proficiency in a foreign language or in an approved research skill. Contact the department for details.
  3. A general examination.
  4. Six hours of PHYS 8999 Thesis Research.
  5. A thesis.
  6. A thesis defense.
Master of Science in Physics, Non-Thesis Option (36 hours)
  1. Students pursuing a non-thesis M.S. with a concentration in Physics must complete all four of the following core courses. Students pursuing a non-thesis M.S. with a concentration in Astronomy must complete Astr 6000 and at least two of the following four core courses:
  2. No more than one hour of ASTR 6300/PHYS 6300 and one hour of ASTR 6310/PHYS 6310 can be applied to the M.S. degree requirements.
  3. Proficiency in a foreign language or in an approved research skill. Contact the department for details.
  4. A general examination.
  5. A research paper.