Oct 29, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Physics [M.S.]

The M.S. in Physics prepares students in traditional physics research. Graduates are well-prepared for doctoral study or for junior college or community college teaching.

This is a designated STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program.

Program Admission

Applicants should have the equivalent of an undergraduate major in physics with a strong background in mathematics including multivariable calculus and differential equations. Students who do not meet these requirements may be granted conditional admission requiring additional undergraduate course work in physics and/or mathematics.

All applicants must provide the following with their application:

  • Transcripts from all undergraduate institutions previously attended
  • A personal statement of at least 1,000 words explaining the purpose for pursuing the MS degree here at EMU
  • Two letters of recommendation

Department Information

Physics & Astronomy | Alexandria Oakes, Ph.D.Department Head | 240A Strong Hall, 734.487.8647, aoakes@emich.edu

Marshall Thomsen, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator, 240K Strong Hall, 734.487.8794, jthomsen@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Marshall Thomsen, Ph.D., 240K Strong Hall, 734.487.8794, jthomsen@emich.edu

Eric Paradis, Ph.D., 240H Strong Hall, 734.487.6656, eparadis@emich.edu

James Sheerin, Ph.D., 240I Strong Hall, 734.487.8793, jsheerin@emich.edu

Degree Requirements: 30 hours

The M.S. in Physics requires the completion of 30 hours of course work to be distributed among required courses, elective courses, and cognate courses, satisfactory performance on a comprehensive written/oral examination and one of the following two options: a) the successful completion of the experimental laboratory courses PHY 517  and PHY 558  in the summer after your first and second year of graduate study, or b) the completion of a research problem culminating in a written thesis or report.