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M.S. (thesis) Degree
A Master of Science Degree in Physics is required for entry level teaching positions in junior colleges and for many researchrelated positions at government and industrial laboratories. For students who are planning a research related career, the M.S. with thesis may be an appropriate choice. In addition to acquiring an excellent grounding in fundamental physics at the advanced level, the student will have experience in working in a research group and in completing an extensive research project. The required course work can be completed in 2 years with an additional year usually required to complete the thesis.
Coures Requirements for M.S.(nonthesis) Degree:
Thirty (30) hours of course work are required for the M.S. degree. The required courses are:
Classical Mechanics (PHYS7100) (3)
Electricity and Magnetism I & II (PHYS7200 & 7250) (6)
Quantum Mechanics I & II (PHYS7300 & 7350) (6)
Statistical Physics (PHYS7400) (3)
Colloquium (PHYS7950) (3)
A curriculum model for the masters degree is as follows:
Year 
Fall 
Hrs 
Spring 
Hrs 
1^{st} 
PHYS7100  Classical Mechanics 
3 
PHYS7400  Statistical Mechanics 
3 
PHYS7200  Electricity & Magnetism I 
3 
PHYS7200  Electricity & Magnetism II 
3 

PHYS7950  Colloquium 
1 
PHYS7950  Colloquium 
1 

2^{nd} 
PHYS7300  Quantum Mechanics I 
3 
PHYS7350  Quantum Mechanics II 
3 
6???  Elective 
3 
6???  Elective 
3 

PHYS7950  Colloquium 
1 
PHYS7990  Research and Thesis 
1 

3^{rd} 
PHYS7990  Research and Thesis 
1 
PHYS7990  Research and Thesis 
1 
The Graduate School requires a cumulative 3.0 GPA in all graduate level classes in order to receive a graduate degree. For the thesis option in addition to the successful completion of the required course work, a successful defense of the thesis is required. A major professor and thesis committee is chosen to guide the student and to conduct the thesis defense. The procedure is analogous to the one for the Ph.D. program.
It is expected that a student can complete the thesis option within three years of entering the graduate program. Limited extensions may be granted upon a request from the student and the advisory committee.
Last Updated: 10/11/2017