The requirements for the course-based M.S. 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. Note that 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).
- For the Accelerated M.S. program, available to UMass students only, up to 12 credits may be transferred; up to 6 of these credits can be used for both the MS and the Bachelor's degree.
More information and sample programs of study can be found in the Physics Graduate Program Handbook.