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College : Sciences Degree :MS
Department : Physics Option : Thesis, Nonthesis
Program Websites : http://www.physics.ucf.edu/

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Master of Science in Physics program provides many research opportunities  in condensed matter physics, nanostructure devices, surface science, optical physics, complex systems, biophysics, atomic and molecular physics, and planetary/space science.

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CURRICULUM

The Physics MS program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, and offers students a thesis and nonthesis option. All students take 12 credit hours of core courses, and then the remaining 18 credit hours consist of both electives and thesis or directed research according to the option chosen.
Total Credit Hours Required:
30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

The Master of Science in Physics program is flexibly designed in order to prepare students for the widest possible range of industrial careers or for further study at the doctoral level. Courses must be selected so that at least one-half of the required courses are taken at the 6000 level.

Students pursuing a nonthesis master’s degree must take at least one directed research course as part of their elective work. In this course, students will work on a research project under the supervision of a faculty member and present a final report.

Required Courses—12 Credit Hours

  • PHY 5606 Quantum Mechanics I (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 5346 Electrodynamics I (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 5524 Statistical Physics (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 6246 Classical Mechanics (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—18 Credit Hours

Both thesis and nonthesis students take electives in consultation with their advisers. Out of the 18 elective credit hours at least 12 credit hours of formal course work are required and not more than 6 credit hours of 5000-level elective courses are counted toward the degree. At least 6 credit hours of thesis or 3 credit hours of directed research for the nonthesis option are required. Otherwise, elective selection is intended to be very flexible in order to meet student needs and interests. Electives may be chosen following one of the suggested specializations below, or a different program of study may be followed with academic adviser approval.

Materials Physics Specialization

  • PHY 6624 Quantum Mechanics II (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 6347 Electrodynamics II (3 credit hours)
  • PHZ 6426 Condensed Matter Physics I (3 credit hours)
  • PHZ 6428 Condensed Matter Physics II (3 credit hours)
  • PHZ 5505 Plasma Physics (3 credit hours)
  • PHZ 5437 Nanoscale Surface in Physics (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 5933 Selected Topics in Biophysics of Macromolecules (3 credit hours)
  • PHZ 5425C Electron Solid Interactions (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 5140C Ion-Solid Interactions (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 5455 Modern X-ray Science (3 credit hours)
  • PHZ 6420 First Principles Computational Methods in Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 5933 Selected Topics in Biophysics of Macromolecules (3 credit hours)
  • PHZ 5432 Introduction to Soft Condensed Matter Physics (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 6938 Theory and Computation of Molecular Wave Functions (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 6938 Selected Topics in Scattering Theory (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 5356C Fabrications of Solid-State Devices (4 credit hours)
  • Other graduate courses from Optics, Materials Science, Physics, Optical Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Industrial Chemistry.

Optical Physics Specialization

  • PHY 6624 Quantum Mechanics II (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 6347 Electrodynamics II (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 6938 Theory and Computation of Molecular Wave Functions (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 6111 Optical Wave Propagation (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 6115 Interference and Diffraction (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 6526C Laser Engineering Laboratory (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 6455C Photonics Laboratory (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 6347 Quantum Optics (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 5312 Fundamentals of Optical Science (3 credit hours)
  • Other graduate courses from Optics, Materials Science, Physics, Optical Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Industrial Chemistry.

Space Physics Specialization

  • PHY 6624 Quantum Mechanics II (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 6347 Electrodynamics II (3 credit hours)
  • PHZ 5505 Plasma Physics (3 credit hours)
  • AST 5165 Planetary Atmospheres (3 credit hours)
  • EAS 5315 Rocket Propulsion (3 credit hours)
  • EAS 6405 Advanced Flight Dynamics (3 credit hours)
  • EAS 6507 Topics of Astrodynamics (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 5041 Introduction to Wave Optics (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5820 Image Processing (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6823 Image Processing II (3 credit hours)
  • Other graduate courses from Optics, Materials Science, Physics, Optical Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Industrial Chemistry.

Theory/Computational Physics Specialization

  • PHY 6624 Quantum Mechanics II (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 6347 Electrodynamics II (3 credit hours)
  • PHZ 6420 First Principles Computational Methods in Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 6938 Theory and Computation of Molecular Wave Functions (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 6938 Selected Topics in Scattering Theory (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 5650 Introduction to Quantum Computation (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 6667 Advanced Quantum Mechanics (3 credit hours)
  • PHZ 6426 Condensed Matter Physics I (3 credit hours)
  • PHZ 6428 Condensed Matter Physics II (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 6667 Quantum Field Theory I (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 7669 Quantum Field Theory II (3 credit hours)
  • PHZ 5505 Plasma Physics (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 6347 Quantum Optics (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 5312 Fundamentals of Optical Science (3 credit hours)
  • Other courses from Physics, Math, Optics, Materials Science, Engineering, Computer Science.

Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours

Students who choose the thesis option are required to conduct a program of original scientific research or some investigation involving a creative element and to submit a written thesis detailing these investigations. An oral defense and examination of the thesis is required.

  • PHY 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)

Nonthesis Option—3 Credit Hours

Nonthesis students will take 15 credit hours of electives from the list of elective specializations shown above. In addition, they must take 3 credit hours of directed research as well as a written comprehensive exit examination. In the directed research course, students work on a research project under the supervision of a faculty member and are required to present a final report.

  • PHY 6918 Directed Research (3 credit hours)

INDEPENDENT LEARNING

Students pursuing a nonthesis master’s degree must take at least one directed research course as part of their elective work. In this course, students will work on a research project under the supervision of a faculty member and present a final report.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • The GRE Physics Subject Test is recommended but not required.
  • Résumé.
  • Goal statement.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
Students entering the Physics graduate program with regular status are normally expected to have completed course work generally required for a bachelor’s degree in physics, including mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermal and statistical physics, and quantum mechanics.

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant's abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this program and faculty expertise to the applicant's career/academic goals, and the applicant's potential for completing the degree.

Application Deadlines

Physics MS Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jun 15Nov 1

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International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1

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International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1

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FINANCIALS

Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website,  which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.

Fellowships

Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 


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