Five-year B.S./M.S. program

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The five-year combined B.S./M.S. in physics program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to earn a M.S. degree in five years. Students are able to start their graduate coursework in their Junior year and can use up to two elective requirements between degrees. This program is designed for students who intend to go into private industry upon graduation and is not well-suited for those that ultimately want a Ph.D. in Physics. The Combined BS/MS has two applications, one at the Departmental Level (due second quarter of Junior year) and then another at the Graduate Program level (due first quarter of Senior year).  Upon successful completion of their undergraduate requirements students are awarded their B.S. in Physics and, assuming that they still meet the relevant criteria, may continue into the M.S. program.  In order to be awarded the M.S. students finish any remaining M.S. coursework and then defend their M.S. Thesis.



Combined B.S./M.S. Timeline


·      Departmental Application due by end of second quarter

·      Start Graduate Coursework (S/U)


·      Graduate Program Application due by end of first quarter

·      Continue Graduate Coursework (S/U)

·      Finish B.S. Coursework & Senior Thesis

·      B.S. Graduation

M.S. Year

·      Complete Graduate Coursework

·      Finish and Defend M.S. Thesis

·      M.S. Graduation

Departmental Admission Requirements:

  1. 3.0 GPA overall and within Physics
  2. 2 letters of recommendation (at least one from a Physics faculty member)
  3. due by the end of the second quarter of junior year

Graduate Program Requirements:

  1. 3.0 GPA overall and within Physics
  2. streamlined Graduate Program application
  3. 3 letters of recommendation (2 from Physics faculty, one from research advisor)
  4. no GRE test scores are required
  5. due by the end of the first quarter of their senior year.

M.S. Program Requirements

Research, write, and defend M.S. Thesis

Required Coursework:

  • PHYS 212 Electromagnetism I
  • PHYS 215 Introduction to Non‐Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS 216 Advanced Topics in Non‐Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS 219 Statistical Physics
  • Four additional graduate courses

For further information please contact Ben Miller 459-4122, 207 Interdisciplinary Sciences Building.