An M.S. degree is often an intermediate step in the graduate program for a student on the way to obtaining their Ph.D. degree. The program is designed to give a fundamental theoretical background beyond that of undergraduate level and some research experience, if desired.
The M.S. degree can be obtained with or without a thesis. The thesis will be assessed by three faculty, including the research advisor. Given that the path to a M.S. degree with a thesis involves original research with a faculty advisor, it is important students wishing to complete a M.S. degree in two years understand the accelerated pace at which they will have to work. To complete an M. S. thesis in two years, the student should identify a thesis by the end of the Fall Semester of their first year and begin research in the following Spring Semester of their first year.
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0
- Complete their degree within three years
To be a graduate student in good standing, a student must:
A student who is not in good standing because of a GPA <3.0 will have their academic record reviewed by a faculty committee and continuation in the physics graduate program will require the committee’s approval.