2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Physics and Astronomy

Cooper Science Complex 101, 765-285-8860


The department offers programs in professional physics that lead to the master of arts (MA) degree or master of science (MS) degree. A student may also select a program of study in physics education for prospective high school teachers of physics, which leads either to the master of arts (MA) or to the master of science (MS) degree, or the master of arts in education (MAE) in physics. The MA, MS, and MAE degree programs require a minimum of 30-33 credits, 6 of which may consist of courses in a minor area or electives in a related discipline. A student’s curriculum must include a minimum of 24 credits of physics, applied physics, or astronomy, as approved by the department, which may include credit for successful completion of a thesis or research paper.

See the Science listing under the College of Sciences and Humanities for the doctoral program in environmental science.

Admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School and the Department of Physics and Astronomy and take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or an equivalent test.