Jul 24, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year] 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year]

Physics [M.S.]

The M.S. in Physics prepares students for traditional physics research and advanced topics in physics. Graduates are well-prepared for doctoral study, junior college or community college teaching, or research in industry or government labs.

The program is designed to:

  • Enable students to conduct advanced research in physics
  • Increase the proficiency of students in professional communication
  • Improve the ability of students to learn advanced topics in physics
  • Improve the ability of students to learn physics independently

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:

  • Applicants should have the equivalent of an undergraduate major in physics
  • 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 coursework in physics and/or mathematics.
  • A personal statement of 1-2 pages explaining your purpose for pursuing the MS degree 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.