Physics, Master of Science (M.S.)

Thesis option: 30 credits
Non-thesis option (scholarly report): 30 credits

The Department offers both thesis and non-thesis options in its Master of Science program. However, virtually all students are admitted directly to the Ph.D. program, and obtain a Master's naturally in the course of their Ph.D. studies. A student interested instead in a terminal Master's degree should consult with the physics department. The Departmental requirements for the non-thesis option include: a total of 30 credits excluding research credits; at least four courses of the general physics sequence; a paper as evidence of ability to organize and present a written scholarly report on contemporary research; and the passing at the master's level of one section of the Ph.D. qualifying exam. The thesis option's requirements include at least four courses of the general physics sequence, a graduate laboratory unless specially exempted, and the passing of an oral examination including a defense of thesis.

Course Title Credits
Core Requirements30
Four courses in the general physics sequence
Thesis or Non-Thesis Option
Thesis:
Master's Thesis Research
Pass an oral examination
Non-Thesis:
Complete a scholarly report
Pass at the master's level one section of the Ph.D. qualifying exam
Total Credits30