The goal of Physics Master of Science program is to prepare students for PhD level work and advanced research in Physics
and Astronomy. This program also serves to expand the knowledge base of practicing
engineers. Students in this program gain better problem-solving abilities as well
as increased knowledge of several aspects of Physics and Astronomy. The physics program
provides students with a deeper understanding of the essential science used in many
of the engineering disciplines and in the space industry. All students potentially
interested in completing a PhD in Physics should apply to both UHCL and UH before
beginning graduate level coursework.
Applicants for candidacy should have a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in one of
the physical sciences, mathematics or engineering disciplines. Applicants with other
degrees may also apply if they meet the requirements listed below. Equivalent courses
or appropriate substitutions will be determined in consultation with a faculty adviser.
If background deficiencies exist, students may be required to take courses that will
not apply toward the graduate degree.
Technical Management Specialization
A good technical manager needs both an advanced broad-based technical background
and insight into how to lead a team of people from different technical disciplines.
Because physics is the scientific basis of all engineering, it can satisfy much of
the broad-based technical requirement for a degree training technical managers. The
physics core is complemented by a combination of systems engineering, engineering
management and management courses in order to create a plan that provides both the
technical background and the leadership training. This results in a unique new approach
to training technical managers. Please note that students in this specialization are
not required to take PHYS 5632/PHYS 5612.