Sep 19, 2021  
2021-2022 University Catalog 
    
2021-2022 University Catalog

Physics, M.S.


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(30 UNITS)

The Master of Science in Physics develops and deepens students’ knowledge of fundamental physics and its applications. Students learn advanced mathematical, computational and experimental techniques that prepare them to expand the frontiers of physics knowledge and apply physics concepts and methods in technical settings. The curriculum prepares students for entry into doctoral programs in physics and astronomy, as well as for entry or professional advancement into government or industrial professions requiring advanced or specific physics knowledge.

Admission Requirements


Students must meet the CSU requirements for admission to a master’s degree program. Please consult the Graduate Admissions  section in this catalog for complete information. In addition, applicants must have a degree from an accredited college or university with a major in physics or closely related field (students with majors other than physics may be admitted with deficiencies). Applicants are also required to:

  • submit a one-page, 500-word maximum, typed statement of purpose, explaining the student’s interest in taking a higher degree in physics;
  • submit three letters of recommendation;
  • take the physics portion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) if the applicant is an international student or student without a degree in physics

Additional 500-Level Requirements (6 units)


Electives (3-9 units)


Electives are chosen in consultation with the graduate adviser. Electives may be chosen from any 400- or 500-level physics course with the exception of any courses which were used to satisfy baccalaureate degree requirements. In cases where the research objectives or career goals are interdisciplinary in nature, courses may be chosen in other fields (e.g., mathematics, chemistry, engineering, biology, geological science, science/teacher education).

Project, Thesis or Comprehensive Exam (0-6 units)


Total (30 units)


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