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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Physics (PHY)
with a Concentration in Applied Physics (APM)

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Master of Science (M.S.)
CIP Code: 40.0801
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
Physics Department (PHY)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue PHY114
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Xiaomei Jiang
Phone: 813-974-7765


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List

Program Information

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Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 1
Spring: September 1
Summer: February 1

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 1
Spring: September 1
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

Same as university plus:

  • three letters of recommendation
  • a statement of purpose
  • GRE General Test scores required, GRE Physics Subject Test scores recommended

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Students admitted to the graduate program in Physics, will consult with the Physics Director of Graduate Studies, who will be the student's course advisor and monitor the student's progress. After a decision has been made concerning the student's academic goals, the duties of graduate advising will be assumed by the major professor and the supervisory committee appointed by the department chairperson. In keeping with the student's academic goals, the supervisory committee will determine the appropriate course of study and examinations required for graduation for both the thesis and non-thesis options.

A minimum of 30 hours is required for the master's degree, at least 16 hours of which must be at the 6000 level. At least 20 hours must be in formal, regularly scheduled coursework, ten of which must be at the 6000 level.







Mathematical Methods I
Electricity and Magnetism I
Quantum Mechanics I


All three core classes are required.

Thesis option (15 credit hours)
At least four graduate-level elective classes ( twelve credit hours), of which at least two must be within physics, plus nine credit hours of Master's-Thesis as per the Graduate Catalog. Directed Research hours may satisfy up to 50% of the thesis hour requirement. Contact the program for a current list of approved electives.

Non-thesis option (21 credit hours)
At least five graduate-level elective classes (fifteen credit hours), of which at least three (9 credit hours) must be in physics. The remaining six credit hours may be earned through a combination of approved graduate level electives, approved graduate seminars, or directed research. Contact the program for a current list of approved electives.

Laboratory or Computing Experience
The student, as part of their elective work or thesis, or through previous course work, should demonstrate eitherlaboratory or computational experience.


MINIMUM TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS (beyond baccalaureate degree)




College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


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Financial Assistance

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

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New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


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