The Master of Science program in physics requires a minimum of 30 s.h. of graduate credit. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 3.00 to earn the degree.

Each student's plan of study should provide for as much advanced work as aptitude and previous preparation permit. Up to one-third of the program of study may be taken in related scientific fields other than physics (e.g., mathematics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, engineering).

The degree is offered with thesis or critical essay. Students who choose the thesis option must write a thesis based on an original experimental or theoretical investigation that they have conducted. Students who choose the critical essay option must conduct an independent study of the literature on a particular area of physics and write a critical essay on that topic.

The M.S. may be a terminal degree or a step toward a Ph.D. In either case, the final examination is oral, conducted by a committee of three faculty members.

Listed below are the general categories of coursework required to earn the degree; for more specific information on courses, curriculum, and requirements of the Master of Science in physics, visit the UI General Catalog.

Degree Requirements
Title Hours
Upper-Level Physics Courses 15
Additional Upper-Level Electives or Thesis/Critical Essay Work 15
Total Hours 30

Important Deadlines

Application Deadline: January 1st (for Fall semester enrollment)

Admission

Admission decisions are based on prior academic performance, letters of reference, and the applicant's statement about background and purpose. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College on the Graduate College website. For more information, see the Graduate Admissions Process page.