what is the difference between a M.S. in physics and Ph.D in physics? I ask this because I' am making my final decision on picking a university. The university I'm interested in is The University of Vermont. I want to move up there and maybe live in that small city. The problem is that they don't offer a Ph.D in physics(my GPA in college is 3.0 and I'm getting an A.A. degree this fall semester. I better pass the Spanish CLEP exam). Oh, BTW, I'm sorry for making so many topics. I'm just excited that I'm finally leaving my parents home(23 yrs old is a great time to leave the nest.....I guess).