Master of Science in the Physical Sciences Division

Create a customized program based on your previous experience and goals, choosing courses from departments within the Physical Sciences Division.

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At a Glance

Master's Confers Alumni Status
9 months Full-time

The MS-PSD program allows students, in consultation with the faculty director, to design programs of study to meet individual student needs. This flexibility combined with the rigor of UChicago courses makes the program unique.

MS-PSD students have the opportunity to take classes and work with faculty members in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Biophysical Sciences, Chemistry, Geophysical Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics.

MS-PSD students can either choose to take advanced coursework or complete a research thesis with a faculty member, depending on their individual needs and goals. Students who are interested in research must secure a faculty advisor to complete the thesis track.

Students must take at least nine courses in the Physical Sciences Division. Students who are interested in a research track generally take eight courses in the Physical Sciences Division and enroll in supervised research for their ninth course. Students who are interested in an advanced coursework track typically take a ninth course in lieu of supervised research.  

MS-PSD students take graduate-level courses alongside Ph.D. students. MS-PSD students can also take up to three undergraduate classes to count towards the degree, which is especially useful for students shifting to a new field. Students can build an interdisciplinary course of study or focus entirely in one area.

Designed For

Designed for students who wish to broaden or deepen their knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences. Many students use the program to enhance their lab or coursework experience before entering a Ph.D. program, though MSPSD alumni have also gone on to careers in a wide range of industries.

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