Master of Science

Degree Program Hours (45)

The Master of Science in Physics is a 45 semester hour program consisting of course work at the 5000 and 6000 level together with research conducted under the guidance of one of the departmental research groups, and with research culminating in a master's thesis. Students entering the program must have a bachelor's degree or equivalent course work in Physics.

Admission Requirements

The following form the minimum requirements for admittance into the Master of Science in Physics Program:

  • Bachelor’s degree in physics with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • GRE general exam is required
  • Students from non-English speaking countries are required to demonstrate proficiency in English. A total score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL or 6.5 overall on the IELTS is required.

NOTE: No assistantship is provided for master's students.

Course Requirements

Course Description Credits Year Taken Offered
PHY 5115 Mathematical Physics 3 1 Fa
PHY 5240 Advanced Classical Mechanics 3 1 Fa
PHY 5346 Advanced Electromagentic Theory I 3 1 Fa
PHY 5156 Computational Physics 3 1 Sp
PHY 5347 Advanced Electromagentic Theory II 3 1 Sp
PHY 6524 Statistical Physics 3 1 Sp
PHY 6645 Advanced Quantum Mechanics I 3 2 Fa
PHY 6935 Graduate Research Seminar 3 2 Fa
PHY 6646 Advanced Quantum Mechanics II 3 2 Sp
PHY 5xxx,6xxx Electives (various advanced topics see catalog) 3 2 and above Fa,Sp

Additional Requirements

Masters candidates are required to take 12-14 hours of thesis work through the Graduate Research (PHY 6936) course, and 3-6 hours of Masters Thesis (PHY 6971) in the semester they intend to defend.