The department offers studies leading to a Master of Natural Science (M.N.S.) degree;
a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Physics; a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in
Medical Physics and Health Physics; and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree.
For the M.N.S. degree, 36 hours of graduate courses are required. This degree program
provides breadth in science subjects, as well as the depth in physics that is required
of teachers in junior and senior high schools.
The M.S. degree requires 24 hours of graduate work with a thesis or 36 hours without
a thesis. Formal requirements for the Ph.D. degree include 18 hours of advance graduate
courses beyond the core level; the Ph.D. general examination; publication of research
results; and the final examination.
The M.S. degree in Medical Physics requires 44 hours of graduate work including a
thesis, while the M.S. in Health Physics requires 39 hours of graduate work with a
The Ph.D. general examination is offered twice each year. It is comprehensive and
is based primarily on graduate physics; students should approach it as the central
formal examination of their graduate career. Those with normal preparation must take
the general examination within two years of their entrance into the department. The
final examination is an oral defense of the thesis.