Application Deadlines
Fall:January 15
Contact Information: 
N-273 ESC
Program Requirements: 

The master of science degree prepares recipients for work and research in industry, government, or teaching.  It is commonly earned by those who intend to continue on for the PhD.  

Requirements for Degree.

  • Credit hours (30): Students must pass a minimum of 24 hours in approved course work with a C- grade or better in each class and complete 6 hours of thesis research in Phsc 699R.  The final GPA must be 3.0 or above.
  • Required courses:  Students are required to enroll in Phscs 691R each semester of residence and in Phscs 696R the first two semesters of residence. 
  • Study list:  By the beginning of the second semester of study a student must be accepted as a research student by a member of the department graduate faculty and with their guidance submit a study list which is the list of courses they will take to complete the 30 hour requirement.  This list must be approved by the graduate coordinator.
  • Undergraduate credit:  Up to 6 hours of coursework may be from undergraduate courses (300 level or higher) upon approval of the graduate coordinator.
  • Prospectus:  In the first year of residency a prospectus detailing the proposed thesis research must be submitted and defended before the student's advisory committee.
  • Thesis:  A thesis must be completed, successfully defended in an oral examination before the student's advisory committee.

Students completing this master's degree with a grade of B- or better in 5 non-repeatable courses who pass the qualifying exam and defend their MS thesis at the level of a PhD candidacy exam may smoothly transition into the Physics or Physics and Astronomy PhD program.

Admission Requirements: 

Required Tests

GRE General test and GRE Physics subject test

Additional Requirements

Baccalaureate degree or equivalent in physics

Program Outcomes: 

Foundational Skills

Each student will achieve a mastery of physics at a level required for their chosen profession. They will choose a research project and prepare for it by completing relevant graduate-level courses.

Research Skills

Each student will pursue research of significance, and report these results orally and in writing.

Communication and Professional Preparation

Each student will join and participate in an appropriate professional society and communicate their research both orally and in writing to this society and other relevant local and national groups.


Each student will learn and follow the principles of ethics in science.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 22
International 0
Female 4
LDS 22
Non-White 1
BYU Undergraduate 13
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 321.2
GRE Quantitative Score 162.3
GRE Quantitative Percentile 81.4
GRE Verbal Score 158.8
GRE Verbal Percentile 76.8
GRE Analytical Score 4.0
GRE Analytical Percentile 56.1
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 2.7
Graduated Per Year 7.0
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 11.4
Admitted Per Year 8.0
Percent Admitted 70.18
Average GPA 3.66