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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Physics & Astronomy

Degree Programs

Physics & Astronomy

Master of Science

Graduate Curriculum and Guidelines (PDF)


The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a Master of Science (MS) in Physics that prepares the student for a wide variety of jobs in industry, government and educational institutions. Our graduates have obtained industrial or governmental laboratory research positions, entered pre-college or community college teaching, joined planetarium or museum staffs, and become technical representatives of various organizations. With complementary courses in education, MS graduates are well qualified to teach at the secondary level. The MS in Physics is also a popular course of study and professional improvement for people already working in industry.  For those currently employed, research projects can usually be matched to the employer's programs, and often someone from the industry can serve as co-advisor so that the continuing education benefits both the student and the employer.