Master of Science in Physics and Astrophysics

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission rquirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. A four-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university.
  2. A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.75 for all undergraduate work (2.5 for M. Engr.) or a GPA of at least 3.0 for the junior and senior year of undergraduate work (based on a 4.0 scale).
  3. Completed a minimum of 21 semester credits of undergraduate physics, plus mathematics through differential equations or the equivalent.
  4. Coursework should include intermediate courses in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics, thermal physics, and modern quantum physics. Adequate preparation in general chemistry is also necessary.
  5. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
  6. An applicant without satisfactory undergraduate training may be admitted to the program, but will be required to remove deficiencies by completing the necessary undergraduate courses without receiving graduate credit for them.
  7. Ph.D. applicants are encouraged to submit the Graduate Record Examination scores for the general test and advanced physics test.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Science degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Physics and Astrophysics Department.

The program is designed to provide the student with basic physics courses at the graduate level and an introduction to research.

  1. Minimum of 30 semester credits in a major field, including the credits granted for the thesis and the research leading to the thesis.
  2. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  3. A maximum of one-fourth (usually 8-9 semester credits) of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  4. Complete the following courses:
    PHYS 509Methods of Theoretical Physics3
    PHYS 539Quantum Mechanics3
    PHYS 541Theory Electricity Magnetism3
    PHYS 545Analytical Mechanics3
  5. Complete six additional hours from the following:
    PHYS 510Methods of Theoretical Physics3
    PHYS 540Quantum Mechanics3
    PHYS 542Theory of Electricity and Magnetism3
  6. Complete research project and PHYS 998 Thesis (4-9 credits).