The requirements for the Master's degree can be satisfied in two ways. Requirements for the "No Master Project" option:
- Passing the written part of the Comprehensive Exam at the Master level.
- Passing of Graduate Courses approved by the Graduate Program Director with a grade of B or better. The number of courses should be such that the minimum number of 30 credits is satisfied. An approved Program usually includes two semester of the Graduate Seminar (PHY598 and PHY599).
- Completion of a Master Project.
- Passing of satisfactory program of study approved by the Graduate Program Director. Normally such program includes two approved graduate courses and two semesters of the graduate seminar (PHY598 and PHY 599). The total number of credits with passing grades (which normally is B or better) including the Master Research credit should be at least 30.
No more than 6 credits can be transferred of comparable graduate courses taken at another university. Transfer eligibility must first be approved in writing by the professor teaching the comparable course at Stony Brook and then by the Graduate Program Director, who will authorize departmental approval. Such credit transfers should be requested in the student's first semester at Stony Brook.