Accelerated Master's

Are you an undergraduate interested in a master’s degree?

Our department is proud to offer our undergraduate students the opportunity to get a head start on a master’s degree in materials science. This is an excellent opportunity to complete your undergraduate degree with the first semester of your graduate degree completed as well.

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Accelerated Master's option

Undergraduate Physics majors may wish to enroll in the Accelerated Master of Science degree program in Materials Science. Students who successfully complete this program can obtain a Physics (with Materials Physics Option) Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science in Materials Science degree within five years.

This challenging option is for students who have a strong interest in becoming experts in electronic materials. This includes the fields of Solid State Physics, Photonics, Opto-electronics, Nanotechnologies, Electrical Engineering and computer Engineering.

While not essential for eventual admission to the program, it is strongly recommended that, as freshmen, students contact the department head for permission to become involved in the program. This will allow for appropriate advisement during the undergraduate years.

Students may be admitted to the program after completing 60 hours with a 3.00 cumulative GPA, including the physics core courses with a 3.50 cumulative GPA.

Students seeking this option must:

  • Obtain admission to the Master of Science in Materials Science accelerated program by applying to the Graduate College prior to their senior year.
  • Pass the Master of Science in Materials Science comprehensive examination in the first semester of their fifth year.

Before enrolling in a course to be counted as both undergraduate and graduate credit and to count the courses towards the masters degree, an undergraduate student must be accepted into the accelerated program and receive prior approval from the graduate program advisor, department head of the undergraduate program, and the dean of the Graduate College. Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the course(s). See the Graduate College for further information.

Nine hours of course work may be counted toward both the undergraduate and the masters degree. These courses are MAT 614, MAT 640, MAT 651, MAT 681 and PHY 692.  

Students who successfully meet all the requirements would receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics at the end of their fourth year, and a Master of Science at the end of their fifth year.