Master of Science Degree in Physics (M.S.)
The Master of Science program, leading to the M.S. degree,
gives the student a broad base of fundamental theory and concentrated study
in a particular area of specialization.
This program is designed for the student who either desires a career in
industry or government, or wants to pursue further graduate study.
Each student does experimental or theoretical research in an area of interest
and writes a thesis.
To be awarded the M.S. degree in physics, candidates for the degree must:
- Meet the degree requirements of the School of Graduate Studies.
- Complete 45 credit hours of course work listed as available for graduate
credit; 36 hours must be physics courses numbered 680 and above, including
PHY 680, 681, 682, 710, 711, and 712, an no more than 15 hours of PHY 899
- Pass a thesis defense administered by the advisory committee over
research work and any topics in the core physics curriculum the committee
may deem appropriate.
- Present an approved thesis to the graduate school.
Details concerning program selection, student evaluation, and
thesis requirements may be obtained from the Department of Physics.
Graduate students in good standing in physics must maintain a cumulative
average of 3.0. A grade of C is considered a minimum passing grade.
Candidates whose average is below 3.0 after 12 hours of graduate work will
be placed on probationary status; they will be removed from this status when
the average of 3.0 is earned. Students whose average is below a 3.0 after 18
hours of graduate work may be asked to withdraw from the program.