Jun 29, 2022  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics, M.S.

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Degree Information

Priority Admission Application Deadlines:  http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors

Minimum Total Hours: 30
Level: Masters
CIP Code: 40.0801
Dept. Code: PHY
Major/College Codes: PHY AS
Approved: 1965


Contact Information

College: Arts and Sciences
Department: Physics

Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors

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

Laboratory or Computing Experience

The student, as part of their elective work or thesis, or through previous course work, should demonstrate either laboratory or computational experience.

Comprehensive Exam

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

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