Flexibility is achieved within the Graduate School through two types of master’s programs — Plan A (with thesis) and Plan B (without thesis) — and within the Physics Department through the further tailoring of these programs to the needs of the individual student. Physics graduate students individually arrange their graduate programs in consultation with their advisor. 

M.S., Major in Physics course requirements (30 credits):

Required Core Courses of All Students 1
PHY 611Classical Mechanics3
PHY 621Electromagnetic Theory3
PHY 631Quantum Mechanics I3
PHY 641Statistical Mechanics3
Thesis (Plan A) or Non Thesis (Plan B) Option 318-21
Plan A: 12 credits of Elective and 6 credits of PHY 799
Electives (12 credits) 2
PHY 799 (6 credits)
Plan B: 21 credits of Electives
Electives (21 credits) 2
Comprehensive Exam - must pass all sections of the three-part exam
Total Credits30-33

 These “core courses” are designed to provide an advanced understanding of concepts, principles, and methods in the fundamental areas of Physics.


Course electives may be selected with the consent of the advisor. These courses normally come from the areas of atmospheric sciences, mathematics/computer science, chemistry, or biology.


 Students choosing Plan A complete a minimum of 30 credits. Students choosing Plan B complete at least 33 credits.