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MS and MA Degrees


The normal prerequisite for admission to the graduate program is the successful completion of a BS degree with a major in physics, astronomy or a closely related field with a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). The undergraduate course work is expected to include junior/senior level physics courses in mechanics, thermal physics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics; mathematics courses through differential equations; and a course or experience in computer programming. Additional courses in mathematics including advanced calculus and linear algebra, and senior level physics courses such as modern optics, atomic and nuclear physics, or solid state physics are desirable. Students who do not have the equivalents of the above may take the courses at TCU prior to entering the graduate core courses.

Advising and Orientation

The graduate advisor meets with each entering graduate student to plan the first semester courses. In order to select a research area, students are encouraged to discuss current research interests with each faculty member during the fall semester. As soon as the student has chosen a dissertation research area an advisory committee committee is appointed that is chaired by the student’s major professor who directs the student’s research.

MA Degree 

The MA degree requires 30 approved semester hours of graduate courses with a minimum of 18 semester hours in physics and a knowledge of one foreign language. A thesis and a minor are optional. An oral exam over the course work and thesis, if any, is required.

MS Degree 

The MS degree requires 30 approved semester hours with a thesis or 36 semester hours without a thesis. Course requirements for the degree are: Quantum Mechanics I & II (PHYS 60303, 60313), three courses from Classical Mechanics (PHYS 60203), Electrodynamics I & II (PHYS 60403, 60413), Solid State Physics (PHYS 60503) or Statistical Physics (PHYS 60603), plus a minimum of 6 additional semester hours in Physics. There is no foreign language requirement. An oral exam over course work and thesis, if any, is required.