Physics and Astronomy Graduate Programs

We provide our graduate students with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the area of specialization that best suits their interests. Many of our students go on to work in academic institutions, high tech companies, government laboratories or federally funded research and development centers.


Graduate Programs 

Master of Science in Physics

Our program helps our students develop skills for their future. Students will be able to integrate their knowledge, experience and critical thinking skills to solve new and challenging problems in your chosen career field. Students are expected to demonstrate an ability to develop or autonomously extend a research project that advances fundamental or applied scientific understanding and communicate effectively with technical and nontechnical audiences with clear and articulate oral or written discourse. Lastly, students learn how to make effective use of diverse information resources such as published scientific literature, technical databases and other forms of authoritative internet-based content.

Interdisciplinary Ph.D.

UMKC’s Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program includes Physics as a dedicated discipline. Pursue research in applied electronics physics, materials physics, or extra-galactic astronomy by becoming a student-partner with our faculty in their specific areas of expertise.

Suggested co-disciplines

The broad applicability of physics along with the diverse technical and foundational expertise of our faculty entice many prospective students that have chemistry, geology, mathematics, engineering or computer science as their primary discipline to select physics as their co-discipline.

Research Areas

  • Application of condensed matter physics to longstanding electrical engineering problems
  • Enhancing the response functions of systems by imposing physical orthogonality
  • Free field combination of radiofrequency waves to form useful wavelets
  • Radiofrequency component design and integration
  • Scattering and absorption of neutrons to extract source/environment information
  • Storage and discharge of high voltage and high current by solid-state, magnetic and semiconductor-based systems

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