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PHYSICS Criteria for Satisfactory Progress
To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School requirements in addition to the requirements of the department or program. See Graduate School degree requirements.
M.A./M.S. PH.D.
Overall GPA
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Overall GPA
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Other Grade Requirements
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Other Grade Requirements
Yes
Students must attain at least a grade of B in each required course.
Probation Policy
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Probation Policy
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Specific Courses
Yes
M.S.: approved master's thesis/seminar
Specific Courses
Yes
All of: Physics 711, 715, 721, 731, 732.
Specific Credits
Yes
M.A.: Minimum of 24 credits required; at least 18 must be from physics courses numbered 500 or above.
M.S.: Minimum of 18 credits required; at least 12 must be from physics courses numbered 500 or above. Master's project required.
Specific Credits
No
Examinations / Time Constraints
Yes / Yes
Candidates must pass a qualifying examination to complete the degree. Time limit of three years may be extended with approved plan for completing the degree. Contact the department for more information.
Examinations / Time Constraints
Yes / Yes
The qualifying examination must be taken each of the first four semesters until passed by the beginning of the fourth semsester. The preliminary examination should be taken no later than the end of the fifth semester and passed by the end of the sixth semester.
Other Assessments
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Other Assessments / Time Constraints
Yes / Yes
Candidates must carry at least 6 credits (TA) or at least 8 credits (RA and fellow) until dissertator status unless granted special permission by the department chair. Students must take at least one physics course per semester until dissertator status is achieved.
Language Requirements
No
Language Requirements
No
Minor Requirements
Option A: Follow Graduate School and minor-department policies.
Option B: Requires a minimum of 12 credits.
Advisor
Yes
M.S.: Candidates must acquire a faculty advisor by the end of the second semester. The advisor will supervise the master's project and thesis.
Advisor
Yes
The major professor will advise the candidate on progress in research for a dissertation. A tentative major professor must be acquired by the beginning of the third semester.
Review Policy
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Review Policy
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