Physics Department Graduate courses
Select an academic plan
*100W is a writing course that you can take through a number of other departments in the College of Science (see this list) to meet the graduate writing requirement.
Forms for Physics Graduate Students
This is only a list of quick links to common forms for Physics graduate students. Please see the various university pagees that are referenced for more forms and full context including due dates and where to submit the forms.
Culminating Expderience Forms
Graduate Admission Forms
GAPE maintains a comprehensive list of forms for graduate students, the most common of which are linked below:
Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Information
The following are rought guidelines for when things are due. For exact dates see the official deadline for current students
and for prospective students
- Spring applicants
- October accepting applications for Spring enrollment
- Fall applicants
- November-March accepting applications for Fall enrollment
- Spring graduates
- Beginning of October candidacy form is due
- 2nd week of February Graduation application is due
- Beginning of April Thesis is due for review
- 2nd week of JuneThesis is due for publication
- Summer graduates
- Beginning of February candidacy form is due
- 3rd week of March Graduation application is due
- End of June Thesis is due for review
- Mid SeptemberThesis is due for publication
- Fall graduates
- Beginning of April candidacy form is due
- 2nd week of September Graduation application is due
- Beginning of November Thesis is due for review
- 2nd week of JanuaryThesis is due for publication
Prospective Student Info
Information for prospective students that applies to all graduate students is available from Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations. A few hilights are listed below, followed by information specific to the department of Physics and Astronomy.
General Info for Applicants
Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to be considered. Letters of recommendation are not required, and the GRE is not required. For applicants without an undergraduate degree in physics we will typically require that you complete upper division classes in classical mechanics, electricity & magnetism, and quantum mechanics (at SJSU these classes are Phy 105, Phys 110 and Phys 163). These can be taken before applying, or can be taken after joining the program as a condition of advancement to candidacy.
The department offers the following:
- We offer an MS degree in Physics (degree requirements) and a concentration in computational physics We also have a strong program in optics.
- All of our graduate classes are offered in the afternoon or evening to accomodate students with daytime jobs.
- We have opportunities for students as teaching assistants of lower division lab courses, research assistants, and tutors.
- It typically takes 2-3 year to obtain a masters degree (see an example plan of study), however it is possible to take up to 7 years if you have other life activities that you need to schedule around.
Info for foreign applicants