MS in Physics


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The Master of Science in Physics involves students in active and frontier research, preparing them for scientific careers on the cutting edge of discovery. Core program material includes mathematical methods, advanced mechanics, electromagnetic theory, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics and computational physics.

In addition to completing core courses and research requirements, master’s students choose between an optional thesis and advanced electives in nuclear physics, biophysics and astrophysics. Advanced courses should be chosen in consultation with the academic advisor.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: April 1 (February 1 for fellowship applicants)
Spring Semester: October 1



Course Requirements 

Note: We are in the process of updating some of the requirements listed below and in the University Bulletin.  DATS 6202, PHYS 6590, and PHYS 6510 are no longer required. You may need to request a waiver for these courses from the Physics Graduate Advisor while the changes are still being made in the University Bulletin.  PHYS 6620  (Biophysics I) is being added to the list of elective courses.


Prerequisite: a bachelor’s degree with a major in physics at this University, or an equivalent degree.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

36 credits, including 30 credits in required courses and 6 credits in either elective courses or thesis.

PHYS 6110Mathematical Methods of Theoretical Physics
PHYS 6120Advanced Mechanics
PHYS 6210Electrodynamics and Classical Field Theory
PHYS 6220Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS 6310Statistical Mechanics
PHYS 6510Communications in Physics
PHYS 6130Computational Physics I
PHYS 6230Computational Physics II
PHYS 6330Computational Physics III
PHYS 6590Seminar
DATS 6202Machine Learning I: Algorithm Analysis
Non-thesis option—two of the following:
PHYS 6610Nuclear and Particle Physics I
PHYS 6710Nuclear and Particle Physics II
PHYS 6720Biophysics II
PHYS 6630Astrophysics I
PHYS 6730Astrophysics II
Thesis option
PHYS 6998Thesis Research
PHYS 6999Thesis Research