The Master of Science (M.S.) in Physics

The requirements for the Master of Science (M.S.) in Physics Degree include the completion of 30 semester credit hours beyond the B.S. and the submission of an acceptable thesis based on original and independent research. This program normally takes no more than two years to complete.


The following specific courses must be taken:

  • PHYS 5113 Statistical Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory
  • PHYS 5313 Electromagnetic Theory
  • PHYS 5413 Classical Mechanics
  • PHYS 5453 Methods of Theoretical Physics
  • PHYS 5613 Quantum Mechanics I


In addition, nine semester credit hours of electives must be completed in physics, mathematics, or an allied field. These must be chosen in consultation with one's adviser. For example, an advanced course in the Mathematics Department along with Solid State I and II in the Physics Department might be reasonable choices for someone interested in a materials specialization. For others, one or more courses from the Electrical Engineering Department might be preferable. The remaining six semester hours must be thesis research credits designated as PHYS 5000.



The Professional Master of Science (M.S.) in Physics

In addition to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Physics, we offer the Professional (Non-Thesis) Master of Science (M.S.) in Physics Degree . This program is directed toward students who do not envision a commitment to research in Physics as part of their career goals. For example this Master's degree may be an option for prospective high school and junior college teachers who wish to gain an advanced perspective on the subject they teach and to open further career pathways in teaching. Students looking toward other professions, such as medicine or management, but needing an advanced technical background in the physical sciences, may also want to consider this option.


The Professional M.S. requires completion of the five courses listed above. In addition, fourteen elective graduate credit hours are required in Physics or a related field. However, the Thesis is replaced by a 2-credit hour report and a 1-credit hour Professional Development Seminar.