M.S. in Physics

The Department of Physics grants the Master of Science Degree under two options: Plan-A (thesis required), and Plan-B (without thesis).

Plan-A Requirements

PHSX 594Seminar (01 - Teaching Seminar)1
PHSX 594Seminar (15 - Research Introduction Seminar)1
PHSX 501Advanced Classical Mechanics3
PHSX 506Quantum Mechanics I3
PHSX 519Electromagnetic Theory I3
PHSX 566Mathematical Physics I3
Electives (see electives)6
PHSX 590Master's Thesis (An acceptable thesis and at least 10 credits of this course are required)10
A written comprehensive examination is required. A final oral examination is also required, covering the thesis and related areas.
Total Credits30

 Plan-B Requirements

A minimum of 30 credits of acceptable course work is required, which shall be distributed as follows:
PHSX 594Seminar (01 -Teaching Seminar)1
PHSX 594Seminar (15 -Research Introduction Seminar)1
PHSX 501Advanced Classical Mechanics3
PHSX 506
PHSX 507
Quantum Mechanics I
and Quantum Mechanics II
PHSX 519
PHSX 520
Electromagnetic Theory I
and Electromagnetic Theory II
PHSX 566Mathematical Physics I3
Electives (see electives)10
None Required
A written comprehensive examination is required
Total Credits30

Comprehensive Examination

  • A student attempting to obtain the M.S. degree is allowed two attempts to pass this written examination at the M.S. Comprehensive level.

  • A student who has passed the Ph.D. written Comprehensive Examination will be deemed to have passed the M.S. Comprehensive Examination.

  • Details concerning the physics Comprehensive Examination and dates of exam can be found at http://www.physics.montana.edu/

Details on Physics graduate programs, application process, and degree requirements can be found at: Physics Graduate Program Overview