Physics M.S.

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Physics M.S.

Program Overview

The Physics M.S. program prepares students for a career in industry, education, or government. The curriculum encompassing core areas of physics as well as elective classes that can be chosen to match their area of interest. The M.S. degree includes a capstone experience, which can be a Master's Thesis or a Master's project (for students in the PhD program, the oral thesis proposal satisfies the capstone requirement).

For more details, please consult the physics graduate student handbook.


Please visit the Graduate School website for detailed instructions about applying to the program.


Department of Physics
DeMeritt Hall 237A
9 Library Way
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-2669
Email: Physics 

Curriculum & Requirements

M.S. Degree Requirements

PHYS 805Experimental Physics (or equivalent demonstrated experimental proficiency)4
PHYS 931Mathematical Physics3
PHYS 939Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 941Electromagnetic Theory I3
PHYS 943Quantum Mechanics I3
PHYS 806Introduction to Physics Research and Teaching (two semesters)1
Select one of the following options:15
Option A: 15 additional credits including a 6 credit Master's Thesis (PHYS 899)
Option B: 15 additional credits including a Master's Project (may account for up to 3 credits)
Option C: 15 additional credits of coursework and passing the written comprehensive and oral qualifying exams (for students in the PhD program only)

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