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Things you need to know before you take gradate-level physics courses.


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.

Physics Basic Preparation

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.

Physics Advanced Electives

Advanced SCE courses that meet the needs of students' professional goals may be selected in consultation with a faculty adviser.

Physics Thesis Option

Under the thesis option, a minimum of 24 hours of formal course work must be completed. In addition, students must complete a minimum of six hours of PHYS 6939; Master's Thesis Research. A maximum of 12 hours of PHYS 6939 can be applied toward graduation requirements. Remaining course work for a total of 36 hours may come from additional formal courses.

Physics Non-Thesis Option

Under the non-thesis option, a minimum of 30 hours of formal course work must be completed. In addition, students must choose an adviser and complete three credit hours of Independent Research (PHYS 5739, PHYS 5939 or PHYS 6837) and three hours in the Research Project and Seminar Course (PHYS 6838). Students completing the sub-plan in Technical Management should take either PHYS 5739 or PHYS 6838.

Physics Specialization, Technical Management Sub-plan

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.

Admission Requirements

The minimum admission requirements for a graduate degree program, including on-line programs, are 1) 3.0 GPA, and 2) 290 GRE scores (150 Quantitative, 140 Verbal). 

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Last updated: 10/11/2016 UTC
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