M.A. Degree

M.A. Degree

The Department will not consider applications from students who intend to work toward the M.A. degree only. However, students in the physics doctoral program may apply for the M.A. degree after completing requirements listed below. Ph.D. candidates are not required to file for the M.A.

The Master's degree is administered according to the regulations given in the Graduate Division section of the General Catalog. The Physics Department requires a comprehensive examination rather than a thesis; passing the written preliminary exams is considered the comprehensive exam (Note: If the student does not pass the prelims, passing a one-hour oral exam consisting of three faculty members in the Physics Department of the student's choosing shall be required in its place; the exam will cover only coursework taken by the student).

The Physics M.A. candidate must complete:

  1. Physics 209, 211, and 221A-221B or 19 replacement units of approved coursework, if subject waivers have been granted for prior coursework;
  2. 16 additional elective units of approved upper division and graduate courses; and
  3. pass a comprehensive examination (passing the preliminary exams constitutes passing the comprehensive exam).

Note: Total units required for M.A. degree is 35 semester units of upper division and graduate work in physics (or related fields) with an average grade of at least B. Eighteen of these units must represent graduate courses in physics. Neither upper division courses required in the Physics Major Program nor Physics 290, 295, 299, 301, or 602 may be used to satisfy the 35 unit requirement. No more than one-third of 16 elective units may be fulfilled by courses graded Satisfactory, and then only if approved by the Head Graduate Advisor.

Applications for the MA degree are available in Student Services, 370 LeConte. Completed MA applications must be turned into 370 LeConte. MA applications must be turned in by the Monday of the fourth week of fall or spring classes.