Welcome to the MA Program!

The goal of the Master Degree Program is to offer a superb graduate education that prepares you for either the challenges of today's workplace or the requirements of Ph.D. programs at Stony Brook or elsewhere in the country. To satisfy these diverse demands our MA program offers a great deal of flexibility ranging form an option focused on the needs for working in an industry to an option that includes mostly advanced graduate courses.

The MA degree is offered both as an option without thesis that requires the student to pass the Compehensive Exam at the Master level, and as an option with a thesis that does not require taking the comprehensive exam.

The admission requirements for the MA program are a Bachelor degree in Physics or Astronomy with a minimum GPA of 3.25, a satisfactory GRE score and, for international students, an internet based Toefl score of at least 85 (or equivalent for different exam such as the IELTS).


Stony Brook University is deeply committed to the recruitment, retention and success of diverse students in its competitive graduate degree programs.

Created 11/17/2009 by Jacobus Verbaarschot. Last Revised 12/19/2012.