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Master’s Program • MS-PSD

Master of Science in the Physical Sciences Division

Program Highlights

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

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 & Astrophysics, Biophysical Sciences, Chemistry, Geophysical Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics. Students must take at least four courses in one area of study and can either take two advanced graduate electives or complete a research thesis with an advisor. Students can build an interdisciplinary course of study or focus entirely in one area.

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.

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.

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.

Focus Areas

Offered by the University of Chicago’s (opens in new tab) Physical Sciences Division.

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At a Glance

9 months Full-time
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