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Expand your knowledge of the universe

Contemplate the origin and evolution of the universe with our Master of Science in Physics degree. Choose from three different tracks that meet your research interests and career goals. Our department offers sophisticated equipment for research in organic semiconductor physics, solid-state physics, X-ray spectroscopy and surface physics. In addition, the department is a member of the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA), which provides remote access to three 1-m class telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) in Arizona, Cerro Tololo International Observatory (CTIO) in Chile, and Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (ORM) in the Canary Islands. The department also operates an observatory located 5 miles south of campus that provides hands-on and remote access to a 0.7-m telescope – the largest in northeast Texas.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery 100% Online, Face-To-Face, Online
Total Credit Hours

30 hours

Thesis Requirements

Thesis and non-thesis options available

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Physics (MS) :: MAJORS/EMPHASIS Copy

Focus Your Passion

Our department offers three different tracks at the graduate level to match your research interests and career goals. For those pursuing Ph.D. programs, we recommend the thesis track. Discover which program works best for you.

Thesis

The Master of Science in Physics-thesis track prepares you for industrial employment, college teaching or for further graduate study leading. We recommend this program if you are interested in earning your Ph.D. The degree program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours, including 2 courses allotted to the thesis.

Physics Teaching Emphasis (Non-Thesis)

The online teaching emphasis is designed for physics educators who wish to teach at the community college level or dual enrollment courses. An undergraduate degree in physics is not required, but we do suggest undergraduate courses in calculus-based physics, modern physics and mathematics through differential equations.

Applied Physics Emphasis (Non-Thesis)

Learn practical, hands-on physics with this emphasis. An applied physicist is a generalist who contributes in several different areas within a technology company. Our thirty-six hour, non-thesis emphasis prepares you for careers in the scientific, engineering and programming industry.

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Master of Science in Physics with Teaching Emphasis :: 1.03 SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED

SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A master’s DEGREE IN PHYSICS

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Master of Science in Physics with Teaching Emphasis- :: 1.03b Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight

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Master of Science in Physics with Teaching Emphasis :: 1.06 PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

A master’s degree in physics will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Take on advanced research in fields such as astrophysical hydrodynamics
  • Join a nuclear theory group that calculates the infusion reaction of neutron stars and supernova cores
  • Utilize well-equipped research laboratories and telescopes at A&M-Commerce
  • Benefit from access to three SARA space telescopes located around the world
Observatory Telescope
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Master of Science in Physics with Teaching Emphasis :: 1.07 Careers

Careers

Physics students can apply their in-depth knowledge in labs, research institutes and other related areas. Broaden your network and gain real-world experience with internships and career opportunities.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

Physicists and Astronomers
$119,580
Biophysicists
$93,280

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

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Master of Science in Physics with Teaching Emphasis- (Aditya Editing) :: 1.08 INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Internship opportunities

Internship experience provides the foundation employers are often looking for. Although not required for your degree, internships are an important part of your education experience. These are just a few of the companies that partner with Career Development and offer opportunities for A&M-Commerce physics students.

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Master of Science in Physics with Teaching Emphasis :: 1.11 WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

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What You Will Learn

Use your knowledge to develop new products and technologies while studying at A&M-Commerce. You’ll have access to our organic semiconductor physics laboratory, surface physics laboratory, campus observatory and research-grade telescopes. You’ll also benefit from our access to three 1-m telescopes through our membership in the SARA Telescope Consortium.

Courses to Prepare You for Your Career

  • Core courses include advanced classical mechanics, mathematical methods in physics and quantum mechanics.
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Master of Science in Physics with Teaching Emphasis :: 1.12 FEATURED COURSES

Featured Courses

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Physics (MS) :: Student Organizations

Student Organizations

Society of Physics Students

Our organization sponsors physics activities and provides opportunities to meet with researchers from other institutions. In addition, you will gain the opportunity to open your social network to like-minded individuals studying the same field.

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Graduate Program Cost

PROGRAM COSTS

Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,594 for Texas residents and $6,897 for non-residents.

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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS International/Domestic Tabs

Admission

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Master of Science in Physics :: Admissions Requirements

Deadlines

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Physics, MS” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Provisional Status

After you submit your application, you may be granted provisional status, which means you can enroll in one semester of courses. You will not be eligible for financial aid until you submit all of your documents and are accepted into the program.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Letter of Recommendation

Request one signed letter of recommendation, on letterhead, from a professional who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program. That individual should:

Postal Alternative

If you are unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

Statement of Purpose

Describe any previous research or teaching experience, your academic interests, and career goals in 300-600 words.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for FAFSA and TAFSA financial aid through the state and federal governments during the admission application process. Use code 003565.
  • Apply for outside scholarships once you are admitted to A&M-Commerce.
  • Check your financial aid and scholarship info through myLeo > Student Resources > Financial Aid Information.

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist is here to help you complete registration.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Master of Science in Physics :: Admissions Requirements, International

Deadlines

  • Fall admission consideration: June 1
  • Spring admission consideration: October 15
  • Summer admission consideration: March 15

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Physics, MS” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $75 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

Postal Alternative

If you are unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
2600 S. Neal St.
Commerce Texas 75428

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Letter of Recommendation

Request one signed letter of recommendation, on letterhead, from a professional who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program. That individual should:

Postal Alternative

If you are unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
2600 S. Neal St.
Commerce Texas 75428

Statement of Purpose

Describe any previous research or teaching experience, your academic interests and career goals in 300-600 words.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

English Proficiency

You do not need to submit test scores if you have completed (all years) of a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States.

Request that your scores from one of the following be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce:

  • TOEFL (Minimum Scores: IBT 79, or CBT 213, or PBT 550)
  • IELTS (Minimum Score: 6.00 band overall)
  • PTE (Minimum Score: 53 overall or higher)
  • Duo Lingo (Minimum Score: 105)

*Scores must be less than two years old.

Official Sponsor Documents

Submit these documents to the Office of International Programs once you have been admitted

  • Official sponsor statement
  • Bank statement from the sponsor with a balance of at least $26,025 USD which is less than 1 year old

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist is here to help you complete registration.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Master of Science in Physics with Teaching Emphasis :: 1.18 Staff

We are here to help!

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Department of Physics and Astronomy :: Contact

Contact Us

  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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Master of Science in Physics with Teaching Emphasis :: 1.14 RELATED DEGREE PROGRAMS

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