May 17, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft] 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft]

Physical Science [M.S.]

The M.S. in Physical Science is designed for in-service teachers at the secondary education level. Students will gain a variety of coursework and laboratory experience that can serve as preparation for either further academic studies or as preparation for an applied career in industry. The program will be individually tailored upon consultation with an academic advisor.

The program is designed to:

  • Provide a breadth of scientific knowledge across the disciplines
  • Emphasize scientific literacy and professional communication
  • Provide a solid foundation of experimental and laboratory work
  • Allow students to individually tailor the focus to their personal strengths

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


Program Admission

Applicants must meet the minimum Graduate School admission requirements (see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions) and complete a Graduate Application.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • Prior secondary science teaching certification or department permission
  • An undergraduate major or minor in a physical science (physics, earth science, chemistry, physical science, or integrated science)
  • Basic coursework in physics, earth science, chemistry, and astronomy (totaling at least 30 undergraduate hours)
  • Mathematics preparation through college algebra and trigonometry is mandatory
  • A personal statement of 1-2 pages explaining the purpose for pursuing the MS degree here at EMU
  • Two letters of recommendation

Students who do not meet these requirements may be granted conditional admission requiring the completion of additional undergraduate coursework in science and/or mathematics. Admission is restricted to in-service teachers or those intending to enter the teaching profession in the United States.

Department Information

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

Marshall Thomsen, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator, 240K Strong Hall, 734.487.8794,

Advisor Information

Bonnie Wylo, Ed.D., 240E Strong Hall, 734.487.8642,

Degree Requirements: 32-35 hours