Apr 18, 2021  
2019-2020 Graduate Bulletin 
2019-2020 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Engineering Physics, M.S.

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The Department of Physics and Engineering Physics is not accepting applications or matriculating new graduate students beyond the fall 2019 term.  The information below is for reference purposes only and does not constitute an intent to consider or admit new students beyond the fall 2019 term.


The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in engineering physics requires a combination of appropriate coursework and original research mentored by a graduate faculty member leading to the completion of a research thesis that is presented and defended by the candidate in a public forum.


To be admitted to the graduate program, an applicant must satisfy the general admission requirements of the Graduate School and be approved by the physics graduate program advisor. Applications should be made through the Graduate School and must include the following:

  • A baccalaureate degree in physics or engineering physics or equivalent from an accredited institution;
  • An undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher;
  • Results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); and
  • Three references or evaluations from qualified individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or technical background.

Applicants from non-native English speaking countries must satisfy English proficiency requirements, including a minimum TOEFL score of 80 on the internet-based exam or 213 on the computer-based exam. Applicants from non-English speaking countries may submit a minimum score of 6.0 on the IELTS exam in place of a TOEFL score.

Students that have not completed the prerequisite undergraduate courses may be admitted on a conditional basis. In such cases, students will be required to take necessary undergraduate courses, without graduate credit, to remove deficiencies.

Curriculum Requirements

Upon admission, the student will confer with the department graduate advisor to plan course sequencing and discuss research options. Satisfactory progress in coursework is required and students are required to maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. to remain in good academic standing.

No more than 6 hours of transfer credit beyond the bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution may contribute toward fulfilling master’s degree requirements. Transfer credit is subject to approval by the physics graduate program advisor and the Graduate School.

By the end of the first semester in the program, the student must have selected a general research area and reached an agreement with a graduate faculty member to serve as their research advisor. The research advisor will then select an oral examination committee consisting of the advisor and two other qualified members. At least one member of this committee must be from outside the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics  and may be a qualified expert in the research area from outside the university. The makeup of the examination committee is subject to the approval of the Graduate School.

Upon completion of the thesis, the student must pass a comprehensive oral examination. The student’s committee conducts this examination which covers the student’s entire graduate program with emphasis on the research work and content of the thesis. The thesis must be formatted according to Graduate School guidelines and the oral examination must be completed in time to meet Graduate School deadlines.

Engineering Electives (6 hours)

Mathematics Electives (3 hours)

Electives (6 hours)

No more than 6 hours of approved 6000-level courses may be applied toward the degree.

No more than 3 hours of independent study may be applied toward the degree.

Thesis (3 hours)

Total: 30 hours