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Department of Physics

Master's Program

graduate program

Students who are accepted into our Ph.D. program have the option to obtain a Master's degree while in pursuit of the Ph.D. Interested students should fill out the Master's Degree option form. Each candidate for a Master's degree must pass a comprehensive examination administered by the department, and meet specified course and credit requirements. Generally, no more than three credits of PH799 Readings and Research may be applied to any Master's program.


This program requires 30 credits that normally consist of 27 credits of course work plus three thesis credits (PHYS8801). Required courses include the following: PHYS7711, PHYS7721, PHYS7732, PHYS7741, and PHYS7707-7708. The M.S. thesis research is performed under the direction of a full-time member of the graduate faculty, professional or research staff. A submitted thesis shall have at least two faculty readers, including the director, assigned by the Chairperson. The thesis is accepted after the successful completion of a public oral examination conducted by the readers.


This program requires 32 credits of course work. The same courses and comprehensive examination requirements for the M.S. with thesis apply here except that, in addition, the courses PHYS7722 and PHYS7742 are required.


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