Graduate Programs

Information


Inquiries about the MS in Engineering Physics

should be directed toward our Graduate Advisor:   Dr. Yuhao Jiang


The UCO MS in Engineering Physics was recently recognized by the American Institute of Physics as one of the top 22 programs of its kind in the nation and was the only program in Oklahoma to receive the highest ranking available.   Each of the 22 "strongest programs" described have built a reputation on preparing students for work in industry.

       

Click here to read the American Institute of Physics report and the list of the strongest professional Master's Physics Programs in the country.


Objectives


The Master of Science in Engineering Physics program provides an excellent opportunity for individuals trained in technical disciplines, such as engineering and physics, to further their education.  The curriculum consists of a basic core of physics courses and additional courses that support each student's goals.  The program is very flexible and meets a variety of needs consistent with the resources of the Department of Engineering and Physics and the University of Central Oklahoma. 

While the primary objective of the program is to prepare students for successful careers in industry, some students have earned the MS in Engineering Physics at UCO in order to prepare for PhD study at other institutions.


Degree Information


Students pursuing the MS in Engineering Physics must complete a minimum of 32 semester hours of formal course work in physics and other disciplines, such as mathematics, computing science, chemistry, or business.  The university grants graduate credit for 5000-level courses only.  Course requirements for the MS in Industrial and Applied Physics are listed below:

Physics Core

(these two courses are required)

6 hours

PHY 5013

Mathematical Physics II

3

PHY 5443

Quantum Mechanics

3

Physics Electives

(Complete at least five courses of the following list)

15 hours

ENGR 5023

Thermal Science

3

ENGR 5083

Electromagnetic Fields II

3

ENGR 5163

Engineering Optics

3

ENGR 5613

Photonics

3

ENGR 5990

Thesis

3

PHY 5033

Nuclear Physics

3

PHY 5043

Solid State Physics

3

PHY 5063

Analytical Mechanics

3

PHY 5103

Classical Mechanics with Applications

3

PHY 5203

Applied Electrodynamics

3

PHY 5990

Thesis

3

General Electives

(these may be chosen from any unused courses on the list above or from approved 5000-level courses in other areas or disciplines)

11 hours

XXX XXX3

Thesis option students may enroll in up to six hours of "PHY 599X Thesis".

Non-thesis students must complete "PHY 5922 Directed Reading in Physics: Research Experience" requiring both written and oral presentation of results.

For all students, no more than 4 semester hours of "PHY 592X Directed Reading in Physics" and/or "PHY 593X Individual Study in Physics" may be applied toward the degree.

3

XXX XXX3

3

XXX XXX3

3

XXX XXX2

2


Course Sequence


Typical course sequences for a full-time, fully prepared MS candidates are presented below.  It should be noted, however, that many of our students work to support families or enter our program from other fields (such as engineering).  We find, therefore, that few students are ready or willing to follow such a rigorous program as that presented below.  Our Master's Program advisors will work to adjust this course sequence to meet each student's individual preparation and time commitments.  

Thesis option students:

Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

1

PHY XXX3

3 Hour Physics Elective

PHY XXX3

3 Hour Physics Elective

XXX XXX3

3 Hour Elective

PHY 5013

Mathematical Physics II

PHY XXX3

3 Hour Physics Elective

XXX XXX2

2 Hour Elective

2

PHY XXX3

3 Hour Physics Elective

PHY 5993

Thesis

PHY 5443

Quantum Mechanics

PHY XXX3

3 Hour Physics Elective

PHY 5993

Thesis

Non-thesis Option Students

Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

1

PHY XXX3

3 Hour Physics Elective

PHY XXX3

3 Hour Physics Elective

XXX XXX3

3 Hour Elective

PHY 5013

Mathematical Physics II

PHY XXX3

3 Hour Physics Elective

XXX XXX3

3 Hour Elective

2

PHY XXX3

3 Hour Physics Elective

XXX XXX3

3 Hour Elective

PHY 5922

Directed Reading: Research Experience

PHY 5443

Quantum Mechanics

PHY XXX3

3 Hour Physics Elective


Application Procedure


  1. Apply for admission to the University of Central Oklahoma and admission to the Graduate College. The UCO College of Graduate Studies has informaton and forms available on its forms page.

  2. Arrange to have a department application form, official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation sent to:

    Graduate Advisor

    Department of Engineering and Physics, 221B Howell Hall

    University of Central Oklahoma

    100 North University Drive

    Edmond, Oklahoma 73034-5209

3. Plan of Study form





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