The Master of Science (MS) in physics from Wichita State is a flexible program you can tailor to your interests and career goals. Students may combine their study and research in physics with astronomy, engineering, geology, computer science, mathematics and education. The program is ideal preparation for a Ph.D. and for STEM-related careers.

Learn how Physics is the right fit for you.

Student in a physics experiment.

Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

Admission to the program requires:

  • Admission to the WSU Grad School
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree
  • Completion of 24 credit hours of undergraduate physics, including three credit hours of mechanics and three credit hours of electricity and magnetism

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Inside the Program

WSU group is part of a huge global science project

Physics students have the opportunity to work on once-in-a-lifetime projects.

Wichita State is playing a key role in the creation of the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility in Illinois and the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment in South Dakota, massive global science labs involving more than 1,000 scientists and engineers from around the world.

It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the students working on the project alongside WSU professors. Together, they're working on particle physics computer simulations to support the international project.


The MS degree in physics requires the successful completion of a plan of study approved by the student's advisor and the department chairperson. Two options are available: a 36-credit-hour non-thesis program and a 30-credit-hour program that includes a research project written as a thesis. An oral defense of the thesis is required.

Students are given a diagnostic entrance examination during their first semester.


A degree in physics from Wichita State opens doors to a variety of graduate programs and professional schools—leading to high-demand careers in fields such as university teaching, public and private scientific research, government, health care and more.

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