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Graduate Information

We offer you a full suite of graduate degree options:
  • Interdisciplinary Ph.D.: The signature program of the UMKC School of Graduate Studies permits students to span traditional academic boundaries by selecting compatible coordinating and co-disciplines to meet the challenges of the future.

  • Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Coordinating Discipline Role: Pursue research in applied electronics physics, materials physics, or extra-galactic astronomy by becoming a student-partner with our faculty in their specific areas of expertise.

  • Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Co-Discipline Role: The broad applicability of physics along with the diverse technical and foundational expertise of our faculty entice many prospective students that have chemistry, geology, mathematics, engineering, or computer science as their primary discipline to select physics as their co-discipline.

  • Master of Science in Physics: Our popular research thesis and non-thesis options are available to suit your future academic and career goals.

Students graduating with a M.S. Degree in Physics will:
  • Be able to integrate their knowledge, experience, and critical thinking skills to solve new and challenging problems in their chosen career field.

  • Demonstrate an ability to develop or autonomously extend a research project that advances fundamental or applied scientific understanding.

  • Be able to communicate effectively with technical and nontechnical audiences with clear and articulate oral or written discourse.

  • Understand how to make effective use of diverse information resources such as published scientific literature, technical databases, and other forms of authoritative internet-based content.

Students graduating with a Physics-based Ph.D. Degree will:
  • Have all the foundational knowledge of a M.S. Degree.

  • Demonstrate an ability to formulate and execute a frontier-level independent research project.

  • Be able to expertly communicate with technical and nontechnical audiences using clear and articulate oral or written discourse.

  • Master the effective use of diverse information resources such as published scientific literature, technical databases, and other forms of authoritative internet-based content.

Graduates of our graduate program generally find that:
  • The rigorous training they receive in a physics program helps their career advancement regardless of whether or not their chosen career field is science and technology related.

  • Their broad exposure to different areas of science is beneficial if they take on leadership positions in organizations with diverse science and engineering components.

There are opportunities for support:
  • Entering graduate students often receive part-time employment as teaching or research assistants with a stipend and remission of a major part of their tuition.

  • Students making satisfactory progress are normally supported all the way through to the attainment of their degree.

  • The Department and the University offer a number of fellowships and scholarships to graduate students that have excellent standing in their course work and research efforts.

  • Faculty offer guidance to their students on obtaining nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships from government agencies and corporate or private foundations.

Admissions Criteria:
  • The standard UMKC requirements for Graduate students apply.

Course Offerings:
  • Physics: Technical, graduate-level theoretical physics classes that cover the full spectrum of physical phenomena and their mathematical models with an emphasis on condensed matter physics according to our faculty specialties.

  • Astronomy: Technical, graduate-level classes that cover astronomical entities from stars to galaxies to the cosmos as a whole along with the methods used to observe them according to our faculty specialties.

  • Read our catalog pages for details.

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