Graduate Program in Physics


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Master of Science (M.S.)
Thesis option: A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate course work, research, and thesis credit are required.  You must complete at least two 600-level courses in physics other than PHY 610 and a minimum of six hours of PHY 700.  Before registering for PHY 700, you must write a thesis proposal and defend it before your thesis committee. Subsequent completion and defense of thesis is required.


Non-thesis option: A minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit are required. Any credits earned in PHY 700 may not be counted toward the minimum of 36 hours.  You must complete at least four 600-level courses in physics other than PHY 610.


For either the thesis or non-thesis option, you are expected to show proficiency in the areas of quantum physics, classical mechanics, electromagnetic theory, statistical physics, and mathematical techniques used in physics.  Evidence of proficiency means successful completion of courses at the 500- or 600-level or equivalent.  Graduate course work is selected in consultation with the thesis director (thesis option) and graduate program director and approved in writing by the graduate program director.