The M.S. program in Physics is course-based (no thesis or research requirements). The requirements that must be satisfied are described below and can be completed within two years, under normal circumstances.
The requirements for the M.S. degree in Physics consist of the following:
- Minimum of 30 graduate credits taken (course number 500 or higher);
- At least 12 credits shall be at 600-level or higher;
- At least 21 of the credits must be in physics;
- At least 21 of the total credits must be for a letter grade, and the GPA must be at least 3.0. The Graduate Program Director must provide approval before a course may be taken as Pass/Fail;
- Independent Study credits are allowed, up to a maximum of 6 credits. All Independent Study credits must be approved by the Physics Graduate Program Director, who will ask that a comprehensive plan be drawn to ensure that the credits earned reflect a sufficiently high level of study or training and that the means of evaluating performance are appropriate;;
- A maximum of 6 credits of graduate-level coursework taken at UMass or at another institution can be transferred to the UMass M.S. program. Courses taken as Pass/Fail cannot be transferred and the minimum grade for transferable credits is a B. There are important other limitations to how the transferred credits can be used: please see Graduate School's Graduate Student Handbook for more details (see the section on Education Records for transfer credit policies).