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Professional Master's Program
The Master of Science in Physics offered by the UW Department of Physics is especially designed for working professionals or recent graduates who have an undergraduate degree in the physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, or computer science. Students can attend graduate school while working full time, and earn a Master of Science degree that will prepare them for careers on the leading edge of science and technology. The Professional MS program offers basic graduate-level core courses designed for students who are beginning graduate study after some time in the workplace. Electives include special-content courses for science teachers, and technical elective courses for working scientists and engineers.
The undergraduate background of prospective students should include intermediate-level physics courses, or equivalent courses in other physical sciences or engineering fields. Applicants who are unsure of their preparation may take core courses as Graduate Non-Matriculated (GNM) students, with credits transferable if they later matriculate in the MS degree program.
Students completing the Professional MS program do not normally enter the UW Physics PhD program. Also, as a part time program, it does not support applications for US student visas; applicants must already be US residents.
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Evening courses meet two nights per week and may be taken either individually or as a course of study leading to a Master of Science degree in Physics. Most non-laboratory courses now include the option of online attendance. Students typically complete the requirements in three years by enrolling in one late afternoon or evening class each quarter of the academic year. Students can take classes at a faster pace if they wish to complete the program in a shorter time. Courses of study that emphasize particular areas can be arranged according to individual interests. Examples of specialized tracks created by students in recent years have included: Acoustics, Laser physics, Mathematical modeling, Optics, Surface physics, Physics instrumentation and Physics education.

Important Announcements

  • Slides from information session at Boeing, on September 1, 2015.
  • NEW: Summer 2015 Course lets you study Laser Physics or Solid State Physics at your own pace, in a combination online/in-person format.
  • Slides from the online information session on December 3, 2014.
  • Slides shown at student orientation (beginning of PHYS 441 class on 9/29/14) - answers to common questions.
  • Online Info Session
    Learn more about the Master of Science in Physics at our next online information session. For details and to RSVP, please contact us via the "Stay Connected" box to the left.

  • 1-Credit PHYS 600 course:
    Students who need to add 1 credit to reach half-time student status may register for a special 1 credit independent study course offered each term. Contact Professor Jeffrey Wilkes,