A minimum of 44 quarter-credits of graduate level work must be completed to satisfy requirements for the M.S. degree. Students must complete at least 20 credits in six approved graduate physics courses numbered above 5103, including at least 8 credits chosen from 5123 or 5124 or 5125 (no more than one of these three courses), and from 5109 (Statistical Physics), 5174 (Electrodynamics), 5176-7-8 (Quantum Mechanics I-III). There is no language requirement. Students who propose a more interdisciplinary concentration (e.g., in geophysics) may plan different programs appropriate to their needs and interests with their faculty adviser; such programs require approval by the Director of Graduate Studies. Eight credits must be completed in related fields outside of physics. They may include courses from more than one department. For a traditional minor, a student must earn a minimum of 9 credits in one department outside of physics, with approval by the DGS of that field. For a Plan A M.S., a thesis (based on at least 16 credits of thesis work) and final oral examination are required along with the specified course work. For Plan B, a total of 44 credits in graduate courses (those numbered 5000 and higher), one to three papers (usually based on research project work) representing a minimum of 120 hours of work outside of classes, and a final oral examination are required.
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