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.

36 credits. For non-thesis option—24 credits in required courses and 12 credits in elective courses. For thesis option—24 credits in required courses, including 6 credits in thesis, and 6 credits in elective courses.
PHYS 6110Mathematical Methods of Theoretical Physics
PHYS 6120Advanced Mechanics
PHYS 6130Computational Physics I
PHYS 6210Electrodynamics and Classical Field Theory
PHYS 6220Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS 6230Computational Physics II
PHYS 6310Statistical Mechanics
PHYS 6330Computational Physics III
PHYS 6590Seminar
For thesis option:
PHYS 6999Thesis Research
Non-thesis students select 12 credits and thesis students select 6 credits in the following elective courses:
PHYS 6320Quantum Mechanics II
PHYS 6510Communications in Physics
PHYS 6599Advanced Study
PHYS 6610Nuclear and Particle Physics I
PHYS 6620Biophysics I
PHYS 6630Radiative Processes in Astrophysics
PHYS 6710Nuclear and Particle Physics II
PHYS 6720Biophysics II
PHYS 6730High-Energy Astrophysics
PHYS 6810Applied Statistics and Data Analysis in Physics
DATS 6202Machine Learning I: Algorithm Analysis