The Master of Science in Physics is a Purdue University degree offered in the Department of Physics.
Areas of active research within the Department of Physics include, biological physics, AMO physics, condensed matter physics, and physics education. Interdisciplinary research is common. Strong collaborations exist between our faculty and members of other departments of the School of Science, with the IU School of Medicine, with the School of Engineering and Technology and with the School of Informatics.
You’ll work closely with an advisor and an advisory committee consisting of your advisor and two other faculty members. You’ll work with the faculty to develop a plan of study, and the courses you take will reflect a coherent theme of interest.
Students have the option to complete a thesis. In the thesis option, you will complete a research project and write a formal thesis under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Non-thesis students complete a research project under the supervision of a faculty advisor and write a project report.
Understanding the requirements
- Students are required to complete 30 credit hours of course work at the 50000 and 60000 levels.
- Twenty-four of those credits must be in physics or in approved substitute courses relevant to your research plan. Examples include biophysics, chemistry, computer science, or engineering.
- Six of the required hours will be obtained through research work.
- The final 6 credits should be earned in mathematics, which may be substituted by certain physics or computer science courses.