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.