Oct 03, 2023  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Physics, M.S.

College of Arts and Sciences  
Department: Physics 


Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • three letters of recommendation
  • a statement of purpose
  • GRE General Test scores required, GRE Physics Subject Test scores recommended.

Curriculum Requirements

Students admitted to the graduate major in Physics, will consult with the Physics Director of Graduate Studies, who will be the student’s course advisor and monitor the student’s progress. After a decision has been made concerning the student’s academic goals, the duties of graduate advising will be assumed by the major professor and the supervisory committee appointed by the department chairperson. In keeping with the student’s academic goals, the supervisory committee will determine the appropriate course of study and examinations required for graduation for both the thesis and non-thesis options.

Total Minimum Hours: 30 credit hours

  • Core – 9 Credit Hours
  • Electives - 12 Credit Hours minimum
  • Thesis / Non-thesis – 9 Credit Hours minimum    

Core Requirements (9 Credit Hours)

Electives (12 Credit Hours)

Students complete at least twelve hours, of which at least two courses (6 hours) must be within physics.  
Contact the department for a current list of approved electives.

Thesis/Non-Thesis (9 Credit Hours)

Students select either the thesis or non-thesis option:

Non-Thesis Option

Students in the non-thesis option take an additional 9 hours of graduate electives.  The remaining nine credit hours may be earned through a combination of approved graduate-level electives, approved graduate seminars, or directed research. 

Thesis Option

Comprehensive Exam

The Thesis defense is used in lieu of the comprehensive exam.  Non-thesis students complete a written exam.