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Rensselaer Catalog 2018-2019 
Rensselaer Catalog 2018-2019 [Archived Catalog]

Physics M.S.

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Completion of the M.S. requires 30 credits of graduate work, including a minimum of 21 credits in course work. Course work should meet the needs of the individual student, but must include PHYS 6510 and two of the following three courses: PHYS 6410, PHYS 6520, and PHYS 6590. The master’s degree also requires some credits of research, which may culminate in a formally presented thesis (6 to 9 credits) or a research project (3 credits). Some teaching experience is required for the degree.

Outcomes of the Graduate Curriculum

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • demonstrate mastery of core graduate-level Physics through completion of a selection of graduate courses including Quantum Mechanics, Electrodynamics, and Statistical Physics.
  • demonstrate mastery of a modern sub-topic in physics, such as astrophysics, particle physics, condensed matter, or computational physics through coursework and completion of a project or thesis.
  • clearly communicate their ideas and results to general and specialized audiences, both orally and in writing.

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