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What fields would an MS in Physics cover?

  1. Nov 12, 2015 #1
    I am a Mechanical engineering student planning to do masters in physics next year. I am interested in astrophysics and astronomy, but classical and quantum mechanics also interests me.If I take admission into a masters degree program in physics, would I be able to specialize in these fields?What are other post graduate courses in astronomy and astrophysics?
     
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  3. Nov 12, 2015 #2

    Andy Resnick

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    The US is somewhat different from other countries in that a Physics MS program is rarely a terminal degree. We are a MS-only department, and our programs can be considered pre-professional: the coursework is highly specific. There are some MS programs that are aimed to get students better prepared for a PhD program, sometimes called 'bridge programs', but in the US, the overwhelming majority of Physics MS degrees are earned en-route to a PhD (and this includes people who drop out of the PhD program with an MS degree).
     
  4. Nov 12, 2015 #3
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    sorry man I did not mention I am from India, I was asking generally.The reason I asked this is that I want to experience more and learn more. If I get a masters here in India, would I be able to do PhD from U.S.? Also is there anything like a Dual PhD, where I can learn and research on different subjects? I know this might sound stupid, please bear with me. :frown::nb):smile::wink::bow:
     
  5. Nov 12, 2015 #4

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    I see no reason why you would not be able to matriculate to the US with a MS degree from India. Every program is different, and I can't comment on if you will get 'credit' for those course or have to start over.

    Dual PhD- I have never heard of anything like that. Perhaps the closest is a MD-PhD program, but that's not what you are referring to.
     
  6. Nov 12, 2015 #5
    what I meant by dual PhD is that can research studies be carried out on different subjects simultaneously?
     
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