Dec 18, 2018  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Physics, MS

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College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics  > Department of Physics  > Physics, MS


Degree Requirements

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree will be awarded after students have successfully completed requirements specified in one of the two following plans:

Plan I: Thesis Option

Students may satisfy degree requirements by completing a minimum of 30 approved semester hours,satisfactorily completing the formal graduate level course requirements including seminars and colloquia; enrollment in at least three semester hours of thesis courses;  and completing and defense of a thesis acceptable to the Department.   All MS Plan I students must be continuously enrolled full time until the degree requirements are completed.

Students who complete a thesis as part of their degree requirements must specify a thesis committee and have the names on file in the Office of the Dean at least one semester before their graduation.  The committee must consist of a minimum of three faculty members from the Department and one approved member external to the Department from industry and/or academia who is acceptable to the Department and the College.  Research faculty or instructional faculty may serve on thesis committees, but they may not chair the committees. A research professor may serve as a thesis co-advisor with a tenured/tenure-track faculty member.

Plan II: Non-thesis Option

Students may satisfy the MS Plan II degree requirements by satisfactorily completing a minimum of 36 approved semester hours of formal courses in Physics and related disciplines, no more than nine of which, with explicit Departmental approval, may be at the advanced undergraduate level.

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