MA in Physics

A student may obtain a master’s degree en route to the PhD. A student who achieves a pass in the written comprehensive exam and completes the general requirements for the MA may apply for the master’s degree.

Course Requirements

Eight courses (32 credits) are required, with grades of B– or higher. Of these, five must be lecture courses numbered between 500 and 850. These courses must include CAS PY 511, 512 Quantum Mechanics; CAS PY 501 Mathematical Physics; CAS PY 521 Electrodynamics; CAS PY 541 Statistical Physics I; and CAS PY 581 Advanced Laboratory (or an approved waiver of this course).

Up to three non-lecture courses (numbered above 850) may be counted toward the course requirements, but with no more than one directed study course and one seminar course.

In addition to the courses described above, first-year students are required to take GRS PY 961 and 962, Scholarly Methods in Physics.

Written Comprehensive Examination

A full description of the written comprehensive examination appears in the outline of the PhD program. A student must initially take this examination no later than August before the second year. A passing grade qualifies a student for the MA; however, a high pass is needed to qualify for the PhD.

Examination Option

A full description of the written comprehensive examination appears in the outline of the PhD program. A student must initially take this examination no later than August of the second year. A passing grade qualifies a student for the degree of Master of Arts; however, a high pass is needed to qualify for the PhD.

Courses

  • CAS PY 501 Mathematical Physics
  • CAS PY 502 Computational Physics
  • CAS PY 511 Quantum Mechanics I
  • CAS PY 512 Quantum Mechanics II
  • CAS PY 521 Electromagnetic Theory I
  • CAS PY 522 Electromagnetic Theory II
  • CAS PY 541 Statistical Mechanics I
  • CAS PY 542 Statistical Mechanics II
  • CAS PY 543 Introduction to Solid State Physics
  • CAS PY 551 Introduction to Particle Physics
  • CAS PY 571 Introduction to Biological Physics
  • CAS PY 581 Advanced Laboratory
  • CAS PY 681 Electronics for Scientists
  • GRS PY 699 Teaching College Physics I
  • GRS PY 701 Advanced Mathematical Physics
  • GRS PY 713 Quantum Field Theory I
  • GRS PY 714 Quantum Field Theory II
  • GRS PY 731 Theory of Relativity
  • GRS PY 741 Solid-State Physics I
  • GRS PY 742 Solid-State Physics II
  • GRS PY 743 Low-Temperature Physics
  • GRS PY 744 Polymer Physics
  • GRS PY 747 Advanced Statistical Mechanics
  • GRS PY 751, 752 High-Energy Physics
  • GRS PY 771 Biophysics
  • GRS PY 811 Advanced Quantum Field Theory
  • GRS PY 841 Symmetry in Solid-State Physics
  • GRS PY 895, 896 Seminar: Special Topics in Theoretical Physics
  • GRS PY 897, 898 Seminar: Special Topics in Experimental Physics
  • GRS PY 961, 962 Scholarly Methods in Physics 1 & 2

Directed Research

May be taken as semester or half-semester courses. Hours arranged. Variable cr.

  • GRS PY 901, 902 Research in Physics
  • GRS PY 909, 910 Directed Study in Physics