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Physics

M.S. in Applied Physics

The physics program offers instruction and opportunities for research in the areas of solid state physics, high energy physics, computational physics, and nuclear physics. The completion of the M.S. program will prepare the student for further work toward his or her Ph.D. as well as for employment in government and industry.

In addition to the admission requirements of the Louisiana Tech Graduate School, the applicant must have a B.S. with the equivalent of an undergraduate major in physics.

The minimum residence requirement for the M.S. in physics is three quarters.

Each candidate for the M.S. degree must satisfy the conditions in one of the following two plans:

Plan A: The candidate must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours of graduate credit in physics, plus Math 502 and Math 544, or other courses acceptable to his/her thesis committee. Six of the required 30 hours must be earned by taking Physics 551, Research and Thesis, and by completing an acceptable thesis.  During the first quarter of residence, the student must take a preliminary oral examination over undergraduate physics. In addition, the student must pass an oral examination on his/her thesis.

Plan B: The candidate must earn 36 hours as approved by his/her advisory committee. At least 27 hours must be in 500-level courses in the physics program. Nine hours must be in mathematics or other courses acceptable to the student's advisory committee. During the first quarter of residence, the student must take a preliminary oral examination of undergraduate physics. In addition, the student must pass an oral examination over his/her graduate work.

Curriculum in PDF format available for download.