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Physics - M.S.

The Master of Science degree in Physics consists of graduate coursework and a research project taking one or two semesters. The research project should result in a written report. Students may choose to complete a thesis, to be defended orally. This degree provides entry-level qualifications for team research employment or a high school teaching career.

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Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate cognitive skills important to a physicist, including the following:
    1. Think critically and analytically;
    2. Define and solve problems in physics; and
    3. Conduct quantitative research in a contemporary area of physics.
  2. Demonstrate a core knowledge and understanding of the foundations of physics.
  3. Communicate results of their work to peers, various target groups within the physics community and people outside the discipline. Teaching skills also come under this heading.
Admissions

For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admissions, visit the international admission website.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 2.750 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000-point scale
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Résumé or vita
  • Goal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions to waive) by earning one of the following:1
    • Minimum 79 TOEFL iBT score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 58 PTE score
    • Minimum 110 DET score
1

International applicants who do not meet the above test scores may be considered for conditional admission.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester
    • Priority deadline: February 1
      Applications submitted by this deadline will receive the strongest consideration for admission.
  • Spring Semester
    • Application deadline: September 1
      Applications submitted after this deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.
Coursework

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements
PHY 65101CLASSICAL MECHANICS 3
PHY 66161QUANTUM MECHANICS I 3
Graduate-Level Electives 112-14
Major Electives, choose from the following:6-8
PHY 55201
ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY
PHY 55301
THERMAL PHYSICS
PHY 55401
MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN PHYSICS
PHY 65203
CLASSICAL ELECTRODYNAMICS I
PHY 65301
STATISTICAL MECHANICS I
Culminating Experience
Choose from the following:6
PHY 60098
RESEARCH 2
PHY 60199
THESIS I 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:32
1

Electives are selected in consultation with the student's faculty advisor and approved by the department.

2

Students who select research (non-thesis option) are required to submit a written research report.

3

Students who select the thesis option are required to submit and orally defend a thesis. The thesis topic is chosen together with the research advisor and must be defended to a committee of physics graduate faculty.

Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus