Graduate Program Academic Programs

Academic Programs

Master of Science - PhysicsPhysics Program

The M.Sc. (physics) program requires a thesis and 18 credits of coursework. Up to 6 credits may be 300 or 400 level courses. The course selection is determined in consultation with the student's supervisor and/or the Graduate Advisor. PHYS 500 is required and also one of PHYS 501, 504, 508, 516 or 526.


Master of Science - Astronomy

The M.Sc. (astronomy) program requires a thesis and 18 credits of coursework. Up to 6 credits may be 300 or 400 level courses. The course selection is determined in consultation with the student's supervisor and/or the Graduate Advisor. One of PHYS 500, 501, 504, 508, 516 is required along with the Astro degree requirements.

See the full Astronomy Degree requirements for details.


Master of Science - Medical Physics

The M.Sc. in Medical Physics is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP). It requires a thesis and 26 credits of coursework. In addition to the required core courses for the accredited Medical Physics Program, students are also required to accumulate a number of days of specified clinical experience and to participate in the medical physics seminar series.

See the full Medical Physics program requirements for details.


Master of Applied Science - Engineering Physics

The M.A.Sc. program requires a thesis and 18 credits of coursework. Up to 6 credits may be 300 or 400 level courses. The course selection is determined in consultation with the student's supervisor and/or the Graduate Advisor. PHYS 500 is required and also one of PHYS 501, 504, 508, 516 or 526.


Doctor of Philosophy - Physics or Astronomy

The Ph.D. in Physics or Astronomy program requires a thesis and 12 credits of coursework, all at the 500 level. The course selection is determined in consultation with the student's supervisory committee. Students entering the Ph.D. program must have the equivalent of the required courses for the M.Sc. program, or will be required to take those courses during the program.

The Ph.D. (Astronomy) coursework is discussed in the Astronomy Degree requirements.


Doctor of Philosophy - Medical Physics

The Ph.D. in Medical Physics requires a minimum of 12 credits in graduate level courses in any Science or Applied Science or Medicine department, with details of the course load determined in consultation with the dissertation advisor and supervisory committee. Students who do not already have credit for the medical physics courses required for the master's degree in Medical Physics or the equivalent graduate level courses from another university (approved by Graduate Chair) must take these courses in the Ph.D. in Medical Physics.


Direct Transfer to Ph.D. program

Masters students may transfer directly to the Ph.D. program during their second year, if they obtain at least an 85% average in 12 credits of 500-level coursework and their supervisor agrees. The Department will normally require up to a further 12 credits of coursework in the Ph.D. program.


Related Programs

The Department of Physics & Astonromy is part of many interdisciplinary graduate programs. For specific admission criteria, please consult their program websites as different programs will have different admission and application processes.