Master of Science program

For some students, the master's degree will be used as part of a continuing Ph.D. program (under Plan C, for details see Physics Graduate Advisor); for others, it will be a terminal degree leading to employment in government laboratories, high-tech companies, teaching professions, and other occupations.



The Master of Science degree is offered by this Department only under the following option:

Plan A: Twenty-four credits in course work plus an eight-credit thesis...

1. At either the graduate or undergraduate level, Physics 5210,5500, 6600, 6610, or equivalent courses, and at least six credits in quantum physics such as covered in the courses Physics 6400 and 6410, or their equivalent. Mathematics through PHY5100 and PHY 7110, or equivalent courses.

2. At least nine credits at the 7000 level or above (exclusive of Physics 7990, 7996, 7999, 8995, and 8999) including Physics 7110 and/or 7200 and at least one course from Physics 7050, 7060, & 7070.

3. At least half of all course work must be in Physics.

4. A departmental final oral exam (thesis defense) is required for all candidates.

For more detailed information concerning graduate degree requirements and procedures, click on the General Information Handout .

For information on graduate admissions, go to our Graduate Admissions homepage, or send an e-mail to