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Department of Physics and Astronomy

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University of Calgary
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada
Tel: (403) 220-5385

Gerri Evans

Graduate Application Enquiries
Tel: (403) 220-3618

Tracy Korsgaard

Graduate Program Coordinator
Tel: (403) 220-3617

Master's (MSc) Thesis-based

This degree must be completed on a full-time basis.

See the Faculty of Graduate Studies webpage for information for managing your program.  To see a visual timeline of your MSC degree with important dates and milestones, please visit the Program Timelines page.

Program Requirements

  1. The student must choose one of five broad areas of specialization: Astrophysics, Physics, Radiation Oncology Physics, Space Physics, and Medical Imaging (interdisciplinary).

  2. All students must have a supervisor. When admitted to our graduate program, you are assigned an interim supervisor to assist you with your course selection, registration, etc., however this may not be your final supervisory. You have a maximum of four months from the time your program begins (either September or January) to finalize your supervisor. Your supervisor is then responsible for directing the research component of your degree, as well as for some fraction of your financial support package.

  3. Course requirements:
    • For students specializing in Astrophysics, Physics, or Space Physics, four half-course equivalents, including at least two of PHYS 609, PHYS 611, PHYS 613, and PHYS 615, plus two elective courses at the 500- or 600-level, as approved by the Graduate Chair.
    • For students specializing in Radiation Oncology Physics, eight half-course equivalents. Six of which are MDPH 623, MDPH 625, MDPH 633, MDPH 637, MDPH 639, MDSC 689.01, then two Physics graduate core courses such as PHYS 609, PHYS 611, PHYS 613 or PHYS 615.
    • In addition, all students are required to take a minimum of three terms of the  Graduate Seminar, although the normal load is four terms, and additional terms may be required of students on an as need basis.

  4. Thesis submission and defense

Completion Time

Most often, full-time students can expect to complete requirements within two registration years. Maximum completion time is four years. 

Advanced Credit

The applicant must make advanced credit requests as part of the admission process. Credit will not be given for course work taken as part of another completed degree/diploma or for courses taken to bring the grade point average to a required level for admission.

Credit for Undergraduate Courses

Credit for a maximum of two half-course equivalents may be given for courses taken at the 500-level.

See the University of Calgary Graduate Studies Calendar for more information.