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M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees

The  M.S. and the  Ph.D. in physics are separate degree programs, and students should consider which is the most appropriate for their career goals. Students who are admitted to the Ph.D. may earn the M.S. as part of their plan of study. Students must indicate in the application portal which degree program they are applying to.

In addition to WVU’s  general admission requirements, applicants to either degree program are expected to have a bachelor’s degree in physics, astronomy, or a related field, with upper-division courses in electricity and magnetism, mechanics, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, and mathematical methods.  Accepted applicants who lack some of these courses may be asked to remedy the deficiencies by enrolling in additional courses here at WVU.  Students who hold an undergraduate degree in a field other than physics or astronomy, or who believe that their undergraduate GPA does not reflect their physics knowledge, are encouraged to submit subject GRE scores. 

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