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Requirements for the M.S. Degree in Physics

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These regulations supplement the general requirements of the University. While some listings overlap, this document and University publications should be consulted for the full description. The Physics Graduate Committee can grant exceptions to some Physics requirements.

To maintain qualification for study towards Master’s degree, the student must, no later than the end of the second semester of study, select a general research-interest topic and find a research advisor. This requirement applies to both thesis-option and non-thesis-option students. Note that the University regulations require all Master’s degree students to take at least 6 thesis credits (PH699 for Physics).

Thesis option: Master’s degree involves an oral presentation and a defense of the written Master’s thesis before a special committee of at least 3 faculty members, appointed by the student’s advisor. Thesis-option students are required to take, and obtain a grade of at least B in, at least one of the courses PH661, PH663 or PH669.

Non-thesis option: Master’s degree students are required to take all 3 courses PH661, PH663, PH669, and obtain a grade of at least B in each of them.

Out of the total 30 credit hours for Master’s degree, the specific Physics requirements for graduation are: A minimum of 19 credit hours taken in Physics (coursework and seminar). These must include at least 1 credit hour of PH683 or PH684 (Graduate Seminar), as well as the required course(s) from the PH661, PH663 and PH669 sequence, as described above.