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2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Physics (M.Sc.)

The Master of Science program in physics provides, along with a deep and solid foundation in basic physics, theoretical and experimental skills that are transferable to many professions besides the traditional physics research careers. These skills, acquired within the main stream of study in theoretical and condensed matter physics, include mathematical modeling, instrumentation and experiment design, and general laboratory and research techniques.

A total of 33 credit hours is required for the Master of Science degree. This consists of 24 credit hours of courses and 9 credit hours of thesis work.


A Bachelor’s degree in physics or a related field, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0, is required for admission into the physics master’s program. Admission is also subject to the general university requirements for the graduate program. For those students whose grade records indicate promising ability, but who otherwise did not have an adequate preparation in physics, admission may be granted under the requirement that remedial courses will be taken.

Courses (24 credit hours)

The program of study is planned with the faculty advisor; and should include 15 credit hours of core courses, 3-6 credit hours of core elective courses, and 3-6 credit hours of Physics electives.

Thesis (9 credit hours)

Each student must submit a thesis topic that has been approved by a faculty supervisor, normally after acquiring 12 credit hours of course work. Various research topics are discussed in SCI 000/5940 - Graduate Thesis Seminar (3 cr.) . Students must complete SCI 000/5940 - Graduate Thesis Seminar (3 cr.) before registering for thesis credits. To ensure adequate faculty consultation, two semesters of the PHYS 599/5980 - Research Guidance and Thesis (3 cr. + 3 cr.)  are required. After that, the course may be taken for one credit hour each semester until completion of the program requirements.