Available Options for Degrees: A (thesis) and B (non-thesis). Option A requires a thesis based on research, while Option B substitutes additional coursework and a research paper/project for the thesis requirement. The non-thesis option is deemed appropriate for students who do not require Ph.D. preparation in physics in order to be successful in their careers.
Students should expect that completion of an M.S. degree take two academic years of full-time study.
Master of Science, Physics-no specialization Plan A (thesis): Total 32 credit hours
Additional courses from outside departments would be allowed as electives with approval from the department and graduate school.
Accelerated Master’s Program: BA or BS/MS (Plan A Analytics for Large Data Sets Specialization only)
Up to 12 graduate credits applied toward the B.S. program may be used to satisfy graduate requirements.
The following restrictions apply:
Dual-listed courses taken at the 500-level can be applied to both the B.S. and M.S. degrees. Dual-listed courses must be taken at the 500-level.
The student must apply to, and be admitted to, the accelerated program prior to taking courses to be credited toward the accelerated program.
No courses taken prior to admission to the accelerated program may be counted toward an accelerated graduate degree. No exceptions to this policy will be approved.
Courses that are “double counted” must be approved by the program coordinator for inclusion in the program of study prior to registration for the course or the credits will not be applied toward the accelerated graduate degree. No exceptions to this policy will be approved.
Only courses taken at the student’s home institution are eligible for dual credit. No transferred courses from other institutions will be allowed to count toward the accelerated master’s degree.
Students admitted to the accelerated M.S. Program may be allowed to register for all courses included on his/her program of study and these credit hours may apply to both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.