2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Masters in Physics, 33 credits

Topics for research leading to an MA or MS degree in Physics may include applied nuclear (Radon) studies; condensed matter/nanostructure studies; observational stellar astronomy, galactic structure, and extragalactic astronomy; solar energy applications; microprocessor-based instrumentation, computer vision; radiocarbon dating; elementary particle physics (Ball State University/Fermi Lab); physics studies applied to policies on arms control, energy, and the environment; and physics education. 

If the student chooses experimental physics as a research topic, it normally will be in one of the above areas for which laboratory and apparatus are available. However, it is possible for research to be conducted at a cooperating industrial or national research and development laboratory or educational institution. For research in both experimental and theoretical physics, remote access to the university’s central computer is available; students also have access to desktop computers in the department. Students’ choices of research topics must be approved by the department.


Normally students who are awarded graduate assistantships will need about two years to complete work for the master’s degree. Students should allow a minimum amount of time equivalent to about three semesters of thesis research for initial approval, completion, and final acceptance by the department and Graduate School.