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

Physics [M.S.]

The M.S. in Physics prepares students in 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 course work in physics and/or mathematics.
  • A personal statement of 1-2 pages 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,

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

Advisor Information

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

Eric Paradis, Ph.D., 240H Strong Hall, 734.487.6656,

James Sheerin, Ph.D., 240I Strong Hall, 734.487.8793,

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.