Prospective Students

What kind of students benefit from MSPSD?

The Master of Science in the Physical Sciences Division (MS-PSD) at the University of Chicago is a program 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. 

Customized Curriculum

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 & AstrophysicsBiophysical SciencesChemistryGeophysical SciencesMathematics, and Physics. Students must take at least four courses in one area of study and complete a thesis course with their research advisor, but there are no other required courses for the MS-PSD degree. 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 two undergraduate classes to count towards the degree, which is especially useful for students shifting to a new field. 

Research Experience

All MS-PSD students must complete a research thesis to complete their degree. MS-PSD students choose a Physical Sciences Division faculty member to supervise their project and work directly with this faculty member to complete their research and write-up. 

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