Undergraduate Preparation and Standardized Test Requirements for M.S. Applicants

Undergraduate Degree

Students admitted to the M.S. program typically have a Bachelor's Degree in Physics. Students with degrees in engineering, mathematics or other related areas may also find this program a good match.

Candidates planning graduate study in physics should have completed at least (preferably, more than) 15 semester credit hours in undergraduate physics beyond introductory courses, as well as at least 6 credits of mathematics beyond college-level calculus.

Standardized Exams

The university does not require Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for M.S. applicants, although you are welcome to submit your scores if you have taken the general or Physics exams.

International students must take the TOEFL exam to demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. During the pandemic, other options are also available.  Further information for international students can be found on the graduate school webpages, here.

For further information about the GRE and TOEFL exams, contact the Educational Testing Service

More Information

For more information about the graduate program, useful links (e.g., financial aid and housing), application advice, and other information return to the M.S. Programs Page.

If you have any further questions, please feel welcome to contact our Graduate Program Manager: Katie Bryant at kjbryant@physics.umass.edu.