Physics (Master of Science)
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Find a solid footing in physics.
Further your understanding of everything around you and how things function through Creighton University’s Master of Science in Physics. If you’re continually curious about the science of physics and the intricacies of the physical world around you, this program may be the perfect fit for your educational and career goals.
This master’s program can lay the foundation for doctorate coursework and careers in secondary and post-secondary education, academic research, engineering, tech companies such as SpaceX, optics companies such as Thorlabs and Zeiss, medical physics, data analytics, quantitative and financial modeling in the insurance industry, and material science.
No matter your interests, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from experts in their research fields. Our faculty bring a broad wealth of knowledge to the program and are actively engaged in research in various fields such as astrophysics, quantum computing, nuclear physics, alternative energy, medical physics, material science, biophysics, and biomedical optics.
Don’t let time or money get in the way of enriching your education.
Undertaking a master’s program is a big investment — both personally and financially. Creighton’s master’s program in physics can be completed in two years by full-time students. Most classes can be scheduled to accommodate working students who wish to complete the program on a part-time basis.
Fellowships can ease the financial burden of pursuing a graduate degree. Research and teaching fellowships are awarded to some students in Creighton’s master’s program in physics each year. Those selected receive a cash stipend and full remission of tuition during their fellowship.
Best of all — there’s no extra work to complete for you to be considered for a fellowship. Once you submit your graduate school application, you’re automatically considered for a teaching or research fellowship.
To earn the Master of Science in Physics degree at Creighton University, you must complete 30-33 credits, depending on your plan of study:
- 12 credits in Program Core Courses
- Classical Mechanics
- Electromagnetic Theory
- Quantum Mechanics I
- Statistical Mechanics
- 4 credits of Graduate Seminar (1 each semester)
- Students can choose between a thesis option and a non-thesis option
- Thesis Option
- 8 credits of elective courses
- Master’s thesis (6 credits)
- Students select a thesis advisor, develop a plan of study, and work with a thesis committee to complete this option. After a student and thesis advisor defines the research project, the thesis committee reviews progress, reads and approves the final thesis, and administers the final oral defense.
- Non-Thesis Option
- 17 credits of elective courses
- Thesis Option
All degree candidates must pass all three sections of a comprehensive written exam. Each section can be taken separately, but one section must be passed in the first year of study.
Elective courses are typically selected from the areas of physics, mathematics/computer science, chemistry, or biology. Goals of the program along with a full course listing can be found in Creighton’s course catalog.
- Bachelor’s degree in physics or engineering
- Must include satisfactory completion of upper-division coursework in mechanics, electromagnetism and modern physics
- Must include 24 credit hours of physics and mathematics
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 preferred
- Completed application (requires non-refundable $50 fee)
- General GRE exam score (Physics GRE subject exam is recommended, but not required)
- International Students: International applicants from countries in which English is not the primary language must demonstrate proficiency in English language by submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 90 iBT (and a minimum score of 20 in any subsection). Higher scores are required to be competitive for teaching or research fellowships. Not required if you received your baccalaureate or a higher degree from an accredited institution in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or Africa (English-speaking only).
Fellowships are awarded to students in Creighton’s Master of Physics program each year. All applicants for this program are automatically considered for a teaching or research fellowship. No additional application is required.
Graduate fellows receive full tuition remission and a cash stipend. Tuition remission is also extended to fellows in the summer sessions adjoining the fellowship year. Teaching and research fellows are required to provide the equivalent of 18 hours per week of service. Fellows must take a minimum of 8 credit hours per semester.
Award recipients are normally notified with the offer of admission. Fellowship appointments may be renewed for a second year upon recommendation of the department.
For questions about financial aid, contact:
gpfinaid [at] creighton [dot] edu
Program Start Dates
August and January
August 1 for fall, December 1 for spring
International students should apply three months before the application deadline. Fellowships are offered to qualified applicants as soon as the application is reviewed, so it is recommended that applications be completed ahead of the deadline (January 1 for fall, or May 1 for spring).
Society of Physics Students
The Creighton Chapter of the Society of Physics Students encourages interest in physics on campus and in the local community. The organization strives to further students’ knowledge of the field through academic conferences, field trips and contact with physics professionals outside the Creighton community.