Skip to Content - Skip to Navigation

Professional Science Master’s Degree in Physics

MS Physics students in classAdmission Requirements

Applicants must have a BS or BA degree with a major in Physics and meet the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and Research and the Department of Physics. Applicants having other degrees that provide sufficient preparation in physics and mathematics will also be considered for admission.

Program Requirements

I. Major must take two 600 level and two 500 level courses

A. Required Courses 12 cr. (selected from)

PHYS 520 Advanced Laboratory Practice 3 cr.
PHYS 531 Modern Physics 3 cr.
PHYS 545 Optics 3 cr.
PHYS 551 Electricity and Magnetism 3 cr.
PHYS 555 Computer Interfacing 3 cr.
PHYS 575 Physics of Semiconductor Devices 3 cr
PHYS 657 Solid State Theory 3 cr.
PHYS 658 Physics and Applications of Industrial Materials 3 cr.

B. Electives (3–6 cr.)

The student, with the advice and approval of the advisor, may select electives from Physics, Chemistry, or Mathematics. PHYS 690: Research Problems in Physics can provide a maximum of six semester hours towards the 30 semester hours necessary for the degree.

II. Professional Development Courses (6–9 cr.)

The student, with the advice and approval of the advisor, is required to complete a minimum of six semester hours of non-science graduate level courses (500–600 level) from the Business and Information Technology.

III. Research Experience and Internship (6 cr.)

A. PHYS 799 Internship Experience (4 cr.)

Students in the PSM program take three to six months of internship. The graduate PSM coordinator provides guidance in exploring and selecting internship sites. The student must formally initiate paperwork for the internship with an industry supervisor. The internship may be completed in part in a laboratory at the university with the approval of the industry supervisor and the graduate coordinator. The internship experience must lead to an acceptable written report, approved by the students’ academic and industry supervisory committees. The student must present the results of experiences at a seminar open to all graduate students, faculty members, and the member of the sponsoring company.

B. PHYS 600 Method of Research in Physics (2 cr.)


To view the different courses offered at the graduate level, see the Professional Science Master’s degree in Physics section in the graduate course catalog.

  • Physics Department
  • Weyandt Hall, Room 56
    975 Oakland Avenue
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2370
  • Fax: 724-357-3804
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.