Accelerated Master of Science in Applied Physics(AM)

Bachelor of Science in Physics and Masters of Science in Applied Physics (MSAP)

The Accelerated Master's (AM) Program in Applied Physics offers the opportunity for outstanding students to begin earning credit toward a master's degree while still pursuing undergraduate studies. The accelerated program will allow a student to complete a master's in less time and at a lower cost.

Physics students will begin earning credit toward a Master's degree in Applied Physics (MSAP) while still pursuing undergraduate studies. The main feature of the program is that up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit earned while still an undergraduate may be used as dual credit for both the baccalaureate and master's degrees. This will allow students to complete both the bachelor's and master's degrees within 5 years.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must meet all the requirements listed below before gaining admission to the AM program and enrolling in graduate courses:

  1. AM students must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.4 to be conditionally program admitted into the master's degree program.
  2. Students must have completed all requirements for the Core Curriculum.
  3. Students must have completed a minimum of 75 hours of undergraduate work with at least 18 hours of upper-level courses completed in the major.
  4. Students must have been conditionally admitted to the MSAP program.

Other Requirements

  1. Only up to 12 semester hours of 5000-and 6000-level courses may be included in the student's undergraduate plan. Graduate courses such as Independent Study/Project/Research, Directed Study, Directed Readings, or Thesis cannot be applied towards the Bachelor's degree.
  2. Before an undergraduate in the AM program may register for graduate courses, a dual enrollment form indicating the graduate courses to be taken for graduate credit must be approved by the Graduate School.
  3. In order to remain in the AM degree program, the student must maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0. Failure to maintain the minimum required GPA of 3.0 will result in the student's removal from the AM program, but not from the BS program.
  4. The Bachelor's degree may be awarded following the completion of the undergraduate degree requirements, but before full admission to the graduate MSAP program.
  5. The baccalaureate degree may be awarded at any time following the completion of the undergraduate degree requirements, and at least two semesters before the graduate degree is awarded.
  6. Should an AM student request admission to another master's program (or does not complete he approved master's degree within the prescribed time) the joint hours posted to the graduate transcript will be removed.

Conditional admission does not guarantee full admission to the program. Students will be admitted fully to the graduate program only upon 1) awarding of the baccalaureate degree, 2) earning a total cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.4, and 3) receiving a successful score on any required entrance test.

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study

College of Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Physics and Master of Science in Applied Physics

Four Year Plan of Study
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 1157  3  ENGL 1158 or 1159  3
MATH 2114  4  MATH 2124  4
CHEM 1017/1007  4  PHYS 1061/1063  4
UNIV 1001  1  CHEM 1018/1008  4
Social Science Elective  3    
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
PHYS 1062/1065  4  PHYS 3064  3
MATH 2134  4  Humanities Elective  3
CSCI 1205 or 1581/1583  3  MATH 2221  3
Social Science Elective  3  BIOS  3
     ENGL Literature  3
Total Hours  14 Total Hours 15
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
PHYS 3301  3  PHYS 4501  3
PHYS 4601  3  PHYS 4160  3
MATH or Mathematical Physics  3  PHYS 3000+ level elective  3
Humanities Electives  3  Arts  3
General Electives  3  General Electives  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
PHYS 5401  3  PHYS 5000 or 6000 level  3
Approved Science/Engineering Elective  3  PHYS 5000 or 6000 level  3
PHYS 3094  3  PHYS 3198  1
PHYS 5000 or 6000 level  3 General Electives  9
General elective  3    
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 16
Total Degree Hours 120
Fifth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
PHYS 5000 or 6000 level  12  PHYS 5000 or 6000 level or master's Thesis  9
Total Hours  12 Total Hours 9
Total Degree Hours 33
  1. Required for all first-time full-time students.
  • Student may apply for admission into the AM program once 75 hrs with at least 18 hrs of upper-level courses in the major have been completed.
  • Student must file Application for Graduation for Bachelor’s in Year 4
  • Student must apply for admission into the Master’s program prior to the start of year 5
  • The following courses may NOT be counted toward the bachelor’s degree: Independent Study/Project/Research, Directed Study, Directed Readings, Practicum, Internships, and Thesis.
  • Coursework completed in this plan cannot be applied toward another graduate degree at UNO.