Degree Requirements

Credit requirements, degree options, time limits, examinations, and other requirements vary by degree.

Core Course Requirements

Certain courses are considered foundational for all students seeking MS or PhD degrees in physics, irrespective of intended research specialty. Course work is not limited to preparation for specific research work, but has been selected to provide a general physics education to act as a foundation for future study and a career in physics.

Applied Physics - MS, PhD

A grade of B or better is officially required for all MS and PhD graduate students (except for MS in Applied Physics) in the following core courses (15 credits). A grade of B or better is officially required for graduate students enrolled in MS of Applied Physics, for a minimum of 10 PH credits at the 4000-level or higher including a minimum of 6 credits from the list below (PH5010 is compulsory). 

Physics - MS, PhD

A grade of B or better is officially required for all MS and PhD graduate students (except for MS in Applied Physics) in the following core courses (15 credits).

Electives

Applied Physics—MS, PhD

A grade of B or better is required for PhD in Applied Physics, in at least three courses at the 4000-level and higher, including a minimum of one course at the 5000-level or higher. A grade of B or better is required for MS in Applied Physics for a minimum of 10 credits at the 4000-level and higher (including at least one course at the 5000-level or higher). Courses may be chosen from the list of Application Elective course list, as approved by the student’s advisory committee. Additional courses may be required by the student’s advisory committee.

Application Electives

Students may use the course planning form in the Master’s Path Program to assist them in degree planning.

Physics—MS, PhD

In addition to core courses, a grade of B or better is required in at least two of the following courses for students seeking MS or PhD degrees in physics:

Students prepare their initial course schedules with their program director. The student’s advisory committee determines additional course work needed, and early discussion with the committee in this regard is recommended.


Required courses will be listed and verified at least one semester before the final oral defense is scheduled to take place.