Department of Physics

Master of Science in Physics

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Why Choose the Physics Program?

The Master of Science program, leading to the M.S. degree, gives the student a broad base of fundamental theory and concentrated study in a particular area of specialization. This program is designed for the student who either desires a career in industry or government, or wants to pursue further graduate study. Each student does experimental or theoretical research in an area of interest and writes a thesis.

Academics and Curriculum

View Master of Science in Physics program information and degree requirements in the University Catalog.


Applications should be submitted online through the Graduate School

Addition information for international students can be found on the International Admissions website.

  • All applicants are required to submit
    • Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts. By the time of admission, students should hold a four-year B.S. or B.A. If the degree is not in Physics, the graduate studies committee may impose additional requirements
    • Provide at least two letters of reference
    • Provide a Statement of Purpose why you are considering our M.S. degree program. The personal statement should include:
      • Specific reasons for applying to the Masters of Science Program in Physics at Wright State University,
      • A description of goals for graduate education, i.e. how do you hope a M.S. in Physics from Wright State will further your career, and
      • A list of potential faculty advisors of interest to the applicant. Applicants are encouraged to review any available research programs of Physics faculty found on-line or state other research interests.
    • The General GRE and Physics GRE test scores are optional and NOT required. Please send any test scores if you have them, but they are not required for admission
    • Indicate whether or not you will seek aid in form of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship
  • International applicants are required to submit official scores from either
    • the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 
    • the Internation English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • Minimum scores:  TOEFL IBT - 79, Paper based - 550 or IELTS - 6.0 band.

If an international student would like to be supported on a Graduate Teaching Assistantship or directly support teaching activities for the Department of Physics, the admitted student will also need to take and pass the Oral Proficiency Test (OPT) at Wright State. View the Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships policy.

Applications to the M.S. Program in Physics are evaluated as they are received.  Applicants may apply to start in the fall semester (August start) or spring semester (January start). Applicants admitted for the fall semester also may request a summer (June) start date.

If you have any questions, please email

Performance Standards

Graduate students in good standing in physics must maintain a cumulative average of 3.0. A grade of C is considered a minimum passing grade. Candidates whose average is below 3.0 after 12 hours of graduate work will be placed on probationary status; they will be removed from this status when the average of 3.0 is earned. Students whose average is below a 3.0 after 18 hours of graduate work may be asked to withdraw from the program.