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).

Five-year B.S.-M.S. Degree Program in Physics   

PHYS 251University Physics I4
PHYS 252University Physics II4
PHYS 253University Physics III4
PHYS 317Mechanics I3
PHYS 318Mechanics II3
PHYS 324Thermal Physics3
PHYS 325Optics3
PHYS 325LOptics Laboratory1
PHYS 327Electricity and Magnetism I3
PHYS 328Electricity and Magnetism II3
PHYS 415Undergrad Research Experience3
PHYS 428Advanced Physics Laboratory2
PHYS 431Quantum Mechanics I3
PHYS 432Quantum Mechanics II3
PHYS 509Methods of Theoretical Physics3
PHYS 510Methods of Theoretical Physics3
PHYS 539Quantum Mechanics3
PHYS 540Quantum Mechanics3
PHYS 541Theory Electricity Magnetism3
PHYS 542Theory of Electricity and Magnetism3
PHYS 545Analytical Mechanics3
PHYS 590Research1-16
MATH 165Calculus I4
MATH 166Calculus II4
MATH 207Introduction to Linear Algebra2
MATH 265Calculus III4
MATH 266Elementary Differential Equations3
MATH 352Introduction to Partial Differential Equations3
CHEM 121General Chemistry I3
CHEM 121LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHEM 122General Chemistry II3
CHEM 122LGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory1
Total Credits92-107