Sample MA Programs

We give three examples of course sequences for an MA degree that can be completed in one year. It is possible to spread out the program over a longer period (up to two years), and it is possible to add credits beyond the minimum of 30.


Option that prepares for employment outside academia

Semester 1:
PHY 514 Current Research Instruments (3 credits)
PHY 562 Lasers and Modern Optics (3 credits)
PHY 515 Methods of Experimental Research (3 credits)
PHY 599 or PHY 598 Graduate Seminar (1 credit)

Semester 2:
PHY 518 Applications of Synchrotron Radiation (3 credits)
PHY 565 Quantum Electronics I (3 credits)
PHY 599 or PHY 598 Graduate Seminar (1 credit)
PHY 595 Master Thesis Research (6 credits)

Summer of first year:
PHY 595 Master Thesis Research (9 credits)


Option that prepares for transfer to a Ph.D. program

Semester 1:
PHY 501 Classical Mechanics (3 credits)
PHY 505 Electrodynamics (3-4 credits)
PHY 510 Quantum Mechanics I (3 credits)
PHY 599 or PHY 598 Graduate Seminar (1 credit)

Semester 2:
PHY 540 Statistical Mechanics (3 credits)
PHY 610 Quntm Field Theory I (3 credits)
PHY 511 Quantum Mechanics II (3 credits)
PHY 599 or PHY 598 Graduate Seminar (1 credit)
PHY 595 Master Thesis Research (2 credits)

Summer of first year:
PHY 595 Master Thesis Research (9 credits)


Option for Advanced Students

Semester 1:
PHY 610 Quantum Field Theory I (3 credits)
PHY 620 Modern General Relativity (3 credits)
PHY 622 String Theory I (3 credits)
PHY 541 Advanced Statistical Mechanics (3 credits)
PHY 599 or PHY 598 Graduate Seminar (1 credit)

Semester 2:
PHY 610 Quantum Field Theory II (3 credits)
PHY 621 Advanced Quantum Field Theory (3 credits)
PHY 623 String Theory II (3 credits)
PHY 680 Topics in Theoretical Physics: Group Theory (3 credits)
PHY 599 or PHY 598 Graduate Seminar (1 credit)

Summer of first year:
PHY 585 Special Study ( 4 credits )

This option requires thorough knowledge of core graduate courses and should be only taken by top students. Passing of the Comprehensive Exam at the Master level is required.


Created 11/17/2009 by Jacobus Verbaarschot. Last Revised 03/10/2010.