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.
The student must choose one of five broad areas of specialization: Astrophysics, Physics, Radiation Oncology Physics, Space Physics, and Medical Imaging (interdisciplinary).
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.
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.
Most often, full-time students can expect to complete requirements within two registration years. Maximum completion time is four years.
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 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.