Master of Science in Physics

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Degree Requirements:

Completion of a minimum of 30 graduate credits of approved courses in Physics. Up to six credits of approved graduate-level electives outside the department may be included in the program. There is no foreign language requirement for this degree.
A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for all graduate-level credits applicable toward the degree is required.

A student must complete at least one of the following two options:

Option A: A formal report, based on an original research project, submitted in a form suitable for publication and approved by a physics faculty committee.

Option B: A master's thesis.

Graduate research participation is strongly encouraged. Up to five credits may be earned in 3650:697 Graduate Research, upon the completion of a graduate research project. One additional credit may, upon approval by the department, be permitted in 3650:699 Master's Thesis for the completion of a master's thesis based on such research. A successful thesis may thus account for up to six credits of the total of 30 graduate credits required.

Required Courses, Electives and Suggested Programs (PDF)

Financial Aid:

Teaching Assistantships are available with 2015/2016 compensation of approximately $15,000 per calendar year (or higher, depending on experience and responsibilities), plus remission of tuition and fees. These Assistantships are awarded competitively to the most promising students admitted to the graduate program. Teaching Assistants typically work between 10 and 12 hours per week instructing undergraduate physics laboratories or grading homework, under faculty supervision. In addition, externally funded research projects may provide for Research Assistantships to be awarded to graduate students working with a faculty member. Loans are also available. Highly motivated and hard working students may receive additional departmental enhancements.
To apply for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, please complete and submit the Graduate Assistantship Application Form(pdf). [To view documents in PDF format, you need the Adobe reader. You will also need to arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the Graduate School. If you apply online, the recommendation providers can upload their recommendations on the internet. If they prefer to send their letters on paper, have them send them to:
Graduate School, Polsky Building, Room 469, Akron, OH 44325-2101, U.S.A.

Address additional admissions and financial aid inquiries to the Graduate Committee Chair:

Ass. Prof. Ang Chen
Department of Physics
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325-4001
phone: (+1) 330-972-6657             fax: (+1) 330-972-6918