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 **Minimum Grade Point Average:** 2.8 **Minimum Grade Point Average:** 2.8
  
-**Minimum Course Credits:** 20 credits total, including 14 in physics including either Physics 5001/2 or Physics 5011/2; 6 in or outside of Physics (but not in major sub-field) for a "​related fields"​ minor; 6 in one field outside physics for designated minor. If both Physics 5001/2 and Physics 5011/12 are taken, one of these sequences may be counted as supporting field credits. All courses must be at the 4000, 5000 or 8000 level. ​(Some 4000 level courses, such as Physics 4001, 4002, 4101, 4202 and 4303, do not earn graduate credits.)+**Minimum Course Credits:** 20 credits total, including 14 in physics including either Physics 5001/2 or Physics 5011/2; 6 in or outside of Physics (but not in major sub-field) for a "​related fields"​ minor; 6 in one field outside physics for designated minor. If both Physics 5001/2 and Physics 5011/12 are taken, one of these sequences may be counted as supporting field credits. All courses must be at the 4000, 5000 or 8000 level. Some 4000 level courses, such as Physics 4001, 4002, 4101, 4202 and 4303, do not earn graduate credits. ​A maximum of nine 4000 level course credits may be used to satisfy the master’s credit requirements.
  
 **Foreign Language Requirement:​** No requirement. However, the adviser may require reading knowledge of a particular language if justified by the nature of the thesis. **Foreign Language Requirement:​** No requirement. However, the adviser may require reading knowledge of a particular language if justified by the nature of the thesis.
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-**Final Oral Examination:​** Yes. 
  
 **Thesis Credits:** 10 (Physics 8777) Plan A only. **Thesis Credits:** 10 (Physics 8777) Plan A only.
  
 **Thesis**: The thesis should represent approximately 10 to 15 weeks of full-time effort. This time includes doing the necessary background reading, performing the research and writing the thesis. Common lengths for M.Sc. theses are 25 to 50 pages, although effective effort and not length alone is the appropriate standard. Theses must be written according to the Graduate School regulations. **Thesis**: The thesis should represent approximately 10 to 15 weeks of full-time effort. This time includes doing the necessary background reading, performing the research and writing the thesis. Common lengths for M.Sc. theses are 25 to 50 pages, although effective effort and not length alone is the appropriate standard. Theses must be written according to the Graduate School regulations.
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 +**Final Oral Examination:​** The exam committee consists of three members including the adviser. One committee member must be from a subfield of Physics outside of the Thesis research topic. The exam begins with a presentation of the Thesis, which should last no more than 30 minutes. The presentation is followed by questions from the committee. The questions will be suggested by the research summary presented, but may also include more general physics questions not necessarily confined to the narrow research area of the Thesis, but yet within the same subfield of research. ​
  
 ===== Plan B: M.Sc. Without Thesis ===== ===== Plan B: M.Sc. Without Thesis =====
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 **Minimum Grade Point Average:** 2.8 **Minimum Grade Point Average:** 2.8
  
-**Minimum Course Credits:** Total of 30 credits, including at least 14 in physics including either Physics 5001/2 or Physics 5011/2; 6 in or outside physics (but not in major sub-field) for "​related fields"​ minor or 6 credits in one field for designated minor. If both Physics 5001/2 and Physics 5011/12 are taken, one of these sequences may be counted as related field credits. The remainder of these credits may be selected from physics or other fields with the consent of the adviser. All courses must be at the 4000, 5000 or 8000 level. ​ (Some 4000 courses, such as Physics 4001, 4002, 4101, 4202 and 4303, do not earn graduate credits.)+**Minimum Course Credits:** Total of 30 credits, including at least 14 in physics including either Physics 5001/2 or Physics 5011/2; 6 in or outside physics (but not in major sub-field) for "​related fields"​ minor or 6 credits in one field for designated minor. If both Physics 5001/2 and Physics 5011/12 are taken, one of these sequences may be counted as related field credits. The remainder of these credits may be selected from physics or other fields with the consent of the adviser. All courses must be at the 4000, 5000 or 8000 level. Some 4000 courses, such as Physics 4001, 4002, 4101, 4202 and 4303, do not earn graduate credits. ​A maximum of nine 4000 level course credits may be used to satisfy the master’s credit requirements.
  
 **Foreign Language Requirement:​** None. **Foreign Language Requirement:​** None.
  
-**Final Oral Examination:​** Yes. +**Plan B Project**The Plan B project requires registering for the Plan B Project class (PHYS 8500), with the project itself requiring a nominal three weeks of full-time (40 hours per week) effort. The four credits earned for Physics 8500 do count toward the program requirement of 30 credits. The student and faculty research adviser should first agree on a plan for the project. It normally involves a small, self-contained research problem, which may or may not be publishable. The project should be described in a written paper, but the format of the paper may be determined by the adviser. Examples of Plan B projects include carrying out a specific calculation,​ writing and documenting a computer program, analyzing a set of experimental data, designing and/or constructing experimental instrumentation,​ and designing and/or constructing an undergraduate laboratory experiment.
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-**Plan B Project**The Plan B project requires registering for the Plan B Project class (PHYS 8500), with the project itself requiring a nominal three weeks of full-time (40 hours per week) effort. The four credits earned for Physics 8500 do count toward the program requirement of 30 credits. The student and faculty research adviser should first agree on a plan for the project. It normally involves a small, self-contained research problem, which may or may not be publishable. The project should be described in a written paper, but the format of the paper may be determined by the adviser. Examples of Plan B projects include carrying out a specific calculation,​ writing and documenting a computer program, analyzing a set of experimental data, designing and/or constructing experimental instrumentation,​ and designing and/or constructing an undergraduate laboratory experiment.+
  
 **Plan B Papers:** The alternative to the Plan B project is the writing of one to three Plan B papers. This option also requires registering for the Plan B Project class (PHYS 8500). The total effort should normally require three week's full-time work. The Plan B paper option does not require original research. The paper(s) must be related to three courses that the student has taken. The papers may be supervised either by the research adviser or by the adviser in conjunction with instructors from the three courses referenced. The format of each paper may be determined by the supervising faculty member. **Plan B Papers:** The alternative to the Plan B project is the writing of one to three Plan B papers. This option also requires registering for the Plan B Project class (PHYS 8500). The total effort should normally require three week's full-time work. The Plan B paper option does not require original research. The paper(s) must be related to three courses that the student has taken. The papers may be supervised either by the research adviser or by the adviser in conjunction with instructors from the three courses referenced. The format of each paper may be determined by the supervising faculty member.
-==== Plan C: M.S. Course Work plus Graduate Written Examination ====+ 
 +** Final Oral Examination**:​ The exam committee consists of three members including the adviser. One committee member must be from a subfield of Physics outside of the project/​papers research topic. The exam begins with a presentation of the project or papers, which should last no more than 30 minutes. The presentation is followed by questions from the committee. The questions will be suggested by the research summary presented, but may also include more general physics questions not necessarily confined to the narrow research area of the project/​papers,​ but yet within the same subfield of research. 
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 +===== Plan C: M.Sc. Course Work plus Graduate Written Examination ​=====
  
 **Residence Requirement:​** At least 60% of the course program must be completed at the University of Minnesota. **Residence Requirement:​** At least 60% of the course program must be completed at the University of Minnesota.
  
-**Filing of Program:** After completing 10 credits; not later than 2nd semester of registration.+**Filing of Graduate Degree Plan:** After completing 10 credits; not later than 2nd semester of registration.
  
 **Minimum Grade Point Average:** 3.3 **Minimum Grade Point Average:** 3.3
  
-**Minimum Course Credits:** Total of 30 credits, including Physics 5001/2, Physics 5011/2, and 5201. All courses must be at the 4xxx5xxx or 8xxx level. ​(Some 4xxx courses, such as Physics 4001, 4002, 4101, 4202 and 4303, do not earn graduate credits.)  ​A designated minor requires 6 credits in one field outside of physics.+**Minimum Course Credits:** Total of 30 credits, including Physics 5001/2, Physics 5011/2, and 5201. All courses must be at the 40005000 or 8000 level. Some 4000 courses, such as Physics 4001, 4002, 4101, 4202 and 4303, do not earn graduate credits. ​A maximum of nine 4000 level course credits may be used to satisfy the master’s credit requirements. ​A designated minor requires 6 credits in one field outside of physics.
  
 **Foreign Language Requirement:​** None. **Foreign Language Requirement:​** None.
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 **Final Oral Examination:​** None. **Final Oral Examination:​** None.
 +===== Combining the M.Sc. and the Ph.D. =====
  
-==== Combining the M.S. and the Ph.D. ==== +Students who have been admitted to our Ph.D. program, and are working towards ​the degreehave the option of obtaining an M.Sc. during the course of their studies. About one-quarter of our Ph.D. students ​choose to complete the M.Sc. degree. With the exception of the M.Sc. thesis ​credits, ​or Plan B project/​papers and the associated ​Plan B class credits, all of the work used to satisfy the M.Sc. requirements may also be applied towards the Ph.D. degree requirements. ​Credit ​hours used for the M.Sc. may also be applied towards the Ph.D. credit requirements. In addition, the research done for the M.Sc. thesis or Plan B project may form the basis for the Ph.D. research.
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-Students who are working towards ​a Ph.D. degree have the option of obtaining an M.S. during the course of their studies. About one-quarter of Ph.D. students complete the M.S. With the exception of the thesis or Plan B project/​papers and the associated ​thesis ​credits, all of the work used to satisfy the M.S. requirements may also be applied towards the Ph.D. degree requirements. ​The credit ​hours used for the M.S. may also be applied towards the Ph.D. credit requirements. In addition, the research done for the M.S. thesis or Plan B project may form the basis for the Ph.D. research. +
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-The student should consult with the research adviser before deciding whether to complete the M.S. as part of the Ph.D. work. There are two clear advantages in doing so. One is that if, for some reason, the student is unable to complete the Ph.D., the student will have the M.S. degree. A second advantage is that preparing the M.S. thesis or project will provide an opportunity to practice integrating and reporting on research work. Such an experience may prove quite valuable in preparing the Ph.D. dissertation. +
  
 +The student should consult with the research adviser before deciding whether to complete the M.Sc. as part of the Ph.D. work. There are two clear advantages in obtaining a M.Sc. degree. One is that if, for some reason, the student is unable to complete the Ph.D., the student will have the M.Sc. degree. A second advantage is that preparing the M.Sc. thesis or project will provide an opportunity to practice integrating and reporting on research work. Such an experience may prove quite valuable in preparing the Ph.D. dissertation.
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