Physics MS

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Learn more about the Master of Science in Physics.

About the Program

The objective of the MS degree program in Physics is to provide advanced training in Physics sufficiently broad to permit the graduate to pursue a range of technical careers. Students choose to pursue the Coursework Track or Thesis Track to complete the MS degree.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 3 years

Campus Location: Main

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The degree program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

Job Prospects: The program is dedicated to producing well-trained scientists prepared for careers as high school science teachers, technical writers, or members of a technical support staff.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Non-matriculated students are restricted to taking the following courses:

Analytical Mechanics
Electromagnetic Theory
Mathematical Physics

If the student applies to and is accepted into the program, the courses taken, up to 9 credits, may be applied toward the degree requirements.

Financing Opportunities: Financial aid in the form of Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships, and Temple University Fellowships is reserved largely for PhD students. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree who wish to earn a doctorate should apply to the PhD program, not the MS program. Students in the PhD program normally complete all of the requirements for the MS in their first two years and may request the MS degree at that time while continuing in the PhD program.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15; December 15 international
Spring: September 15; August 15 international

For full consideration, applications must be submitted by the deadline. Late applications may be considered in exceptional cases.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members or scientists familiar with the applicant's academic and scientific capabilities.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration: Applicants should have successfully completed coursework typically required for a bachelor’s degree in Physics.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree in Physics is typically required. A certified transcript is required from each institution previously attended by the applicant.

Statement of Goals: In one to two pages, address your specific interest in Temple's program, research and career goals, and academic and research achievements.

Standardized Test Scores:
GRE: General Test required. Subject Test in Physics strongly recommended, but not required.

Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree at a U.S. institution, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet these minimums:

  • TOEFL iBT: 79
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5
  • PTE Academic: 53
  • Duolingo: 110

Transfer Credit: Graduate credits from an accredited institution may be transferred into the program. The credits must be equivalent to coursework offered at Temple, and the grade must be a "B" or better in order to transfer. The Graduate Program Committee must approve all requests for transfer credit. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

Thesis Track

Core Courses
PHYS 5101Analytical Mechanics3
PHYS 5301Electromagnetic Theory3
PHYS 5501Mathematical Physics3
PHYS 5701Quantum Mechanics I3
PHYS 5702Quantum Mechanics II3
PHYS 8102Statistical Mechanics3
PHYS 8702Solid State Physics3
PHYS 8703Nuclear and Elementary Particle Physics3
Research Courses
PHYS 9996Master's Thesis Research3
Select 3 credits of additional coursework from the following:3
Problems in Experimental Physics
Problems in Theoretical Physics
Master's Thesis Research
Total Credit Hours30

Coursework Track

Core Courses
PHYS 5101Analytical Mechanics3
PHYS 5301Electromagnetic Theory3
PHYS 5501Mathematical Physics3
PHYS 5701Quantum Mechanics I3
PHYS 5702Quantum Mechanics II3
PHYS 8102Statistical Mechanics3
PHYS 8702Solid State Physics3
PHYS 8703Nuclear and Elementary Particle Physics3
Additional Coursework 16
Total Credit Hours30

Culminating Events:
Thesis:
A master’s thesis is required for students in the Thesis Track, but not for students in the Coursework Track. The thesis is based on the student’s research and approved in accordance with the policies of the Department of Physics and the Graduate School.

Comprehensive Examination:
The MS comprehensive examination is required for students in the Coursework Track, but not for students in the Thesis Track. The exam, which tests the student's mastery of undergraduate and beginning graduate physics, consists of a three-part written exam and an oral exam. General subject areas covered by the examination include classical electromagnetic theory, classical mechanics, mathematical physics, modern physics, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics and thermodynamics.

MS students in the Coursework Track are required to take the comprehensive examination in the summer at the end of their first year of full-time graduate study. They are tested on the subject matter in six core courses: PHYS 5101, PHYS 5301, PHYS 5501, PHYS 5701, PHYS 5702, and PHYS 8102. In the event of failure, the exam may be retaken once. Any student who fails a second time is dropped from the graduate program.

Contacts

Department Web Address:

https://www.temple.edu/academics/degree-programs/physics-ms-st-phys-ms

Department Information:

Dept. of Physics

406 Science and Education Research Center

1925 N. 12th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122-1801

physgrad@temple.edu

215-204-7634

Submission Address for Application Materials:

https://cst.temple.edu/academics/graduate-programs/apply-now

Department Contacts:

Admissions Chair:

Xifan Wu

xifan.wu@temple.edu

215-204-7627

Graduate Chair:

Andreas Metz

andreas.metz@temple.edu

215-204-7668

Chair:

Bernd Surrow

surrow@temple.edu

215-204-7736