The master’s degree demonstrates advanced ability, usually in both course work and research. The master's student must comply with the degree requirements on this page, and submit any necessary forms for their degree option to document their progress with the Graduate School. Individual programs may have higher standards. Students are expected to know their program’s requirements.
Master’s Path Program—See additional details about program requirements.
Note: In addition to course work requirements, the remaining credits (not less than six) of the total 30 required by the Graduate School are taken as Graduate Research (PH5999).
Note: The Report Option is available to students under special circumstances. Students interested in this option should consult with their research advisor and the chair of the Graduate Studies Committee.
Course Work Option
This option is designed for students pursuing the PhD in Physics who when admitted into the graduate program do not already possess an MS degree in physics or its equivalent. Students with advanced preparation in pursuit of the PhD in Physics might skip the MS degree altogether upon the recommendation of their Advisory Committee. Please be aware that the following degree requirements are much more stringent than the minimum requirements dictated by the Graduate School.
The course work requirement for the Master of Science in physics is a grade of B or better in graduate courses approved by the student's Advisory Committee totaling 30 credit hours, including the core course and disciplinary elective requirements. In addition, six credits of Graduate Research (PH5999 or PH6999) must be earned. A thesis is not required. However, the research serves both as the beginning of the doctoral research and the basis of the Preliminary Examination.
The student, in consultation with the Graduate Studies Committee, will file all necessary forms (M forms) for students completing a Master's degree in Physics under the course work option.