Physics, M.S.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should follow the admissions process described in this catalog or at the Graduate Admissions website at graduate/admissions/how-to-apply-for-admission (http://

In addition:

  • The applicant must have an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale in their major;
  •  Applicants with a GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 in their major may be provisionally admitted to the program.

Program Requirements

General Requirement: Students need to complete a minimum of 32 credits with thesis (36 without thesis) with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Plan of Study

Required Courses
PHY 600Electricity and Magnetism I4
PHY 608Statistical Mechanics4
PHY 630Classical Mechanics4
PHY 642Adv Quantum Mechanics4
PHY 645Methods of Math. Physics4
Elective Courses
Select 6 credit hours of elective courses, among which one Advanced Lab is required6
Thesis/Non-Thesis Options
Select one of the following:6-10
Thesis (6 CH)
Elective Courses (10 CH)
Total Credit Hours32-36

Students can choose between the thesis option and non-thesis option to complete the requirements for the M.S. program.

Thesis Option: Research opportunities in the Department of Mathematics and Physics are broad. Faculty members in the department are doing their research in theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics, nanoscience, solar cells, laser physics, optics, gravitational physics and astrophysics. Students can choose to work with one of the faculty members on a research direction the faculty and the students choose. A thesis must be submitted to a committee of 3 faculty members and presented after that in an oral exam.

Non-thesis Option: Students who already complete all required courses and labs and do not want to do a thesis can fulfill the requirement by taking elective courses from the graduate level courses offered by the Physics Department.