Mar 18, 2018  
Graduate Record 2011-2012 
Graduate Record 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED RECORD]


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Degree Requirements

The Master’s Program

Three master’s-level degrees are offered in the Physics Department. Candidates for the M.S. degree must pass 30 credits of approved courses, present a thesis, and defend it in an oral examination. The M.A. degree requires 30 credits of approved courses. The M.A.P.E. (Master of Arts in Physics Education) degree is designed to provide middle school physical science and high school physics teachers with a strong background in physics. Courses numbered in the 6000s are taken to satisfy the requirements for this degree. Typically M.A.P.E. students take two courses in the summer in residence at UVa and one distance learning course in the academic year, totaling ten credits each year to complete the required thirty credits in two and a half years.

The Ph.D. Program

Unless credit for advanced standing is given by the departmental advisor, Ph.D. candidates must pass 11 departmentally required courses (six specified “core courses” and five departmental electives) in addition to seven other courses passed with a letter grade (not S or U) and 18 additional credits that can include non-topical research.

Qualifying Examination

Candidates for the Ph.D. degree must pass a qualifying examination in the subjects of classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics. The material for this examination is covered in the six core courses, which should be completed by the end of the second semester.

Research and Thesis Requirements

Ph.D. candidates must present a dissertation on their research, that is satisfactory to their research advisor. The dissertation must be defended in an oral examination.

Professional Development Courses for Teachers

Note: Courses numbered in the 6000s are offered for the professional development of K-12 teachers to improve competency in physics and to assist them in obtaining endorsement or recertification. In the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, these courses count for degree credit only for the M.A.P.E. degree.

Physics Colloquium

The faculty and graduate students meet weekly for the presentation by a visiting speaker of recent work in the physical sciences.

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