Graduate Degree

Accelerator Science and Engineering - Master of Science

Accelerator Science and Engineering - Master of Science
Plan Code:
Program Level:
Award Type:
Master of Science
College of Natural Science
Physics Astronomy

Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.

College of Natural Science

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Graduate Study
Accelerator Science and Engineering - Master of Science

The Master of Science degree in Accelerator Science and Engineering provides graduate students the opportunity to further their understanding of accelerator science and technology. Graduates will be certified, well trained, and ready for productive careers in Accelerator Science and Engineering. Research is supported by the Accelerator Science and Engineering Traineeship (ASET) Program. Students will gain a broad understanding of physics and engineering of large accelerators; superconducting radio frequency accelerator physics and engineering; radio frequency power engineering; and large-scale cryogenic systems, and their role in accelerator science and engineering. Upon completion of the program, students are able to contribute to the research and development of accelerator systems and associated technologies and support operations of accelerator systems, primarily, but not limited to accelerator systems at National Laboratories and industries.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Natural Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.


For admission to the master's degree program in accelerator science and engineering on regular status, the student must have:
  1. Completed mathematics and physics courses equivalent to those that are required for an undergraduate major in physics.
  2. A satisfactory grade–point average, normally at least 3.00, in the courses referenced in item 1. above.
  3. General GRE and Physics GRE examinations are required for admission to the program. Scores should be sent electronically, directly to Michigan State University.
  4. For international students, except those with a 4-year degree from a U.S. institution, TOEFL examination scores must be submitted with a total average score of 100 or higher on the iBT.
Students who do not meet the requirements for admission to the program on regular status may be admitted on a provisional basis to remove deficiencies. Collateral course work will not count towards the requirements for the degree.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Accelerator Science and Engineering
The student must complete a total of 30 credits for the degree with a grade-point average of 3.00 under Plan A (with thesis). A minimum of 16 credits must be at the 800-level or above.
Requirements for Plan A:
1.      The following course (3 credits):
PHY 862 Accelerator Systems 3
2.     At least two courses from the following or any other 800 or 900-level accelerator science-focused courses as
 approved by the Physics and Astronomy Graduate Program Director (6 credits): 
ECE 837 Computational Methods in Electromagnetics 3
ECE 850 Electrodynamics of Plasmas 3
ECE 989 Advanced Topics in Plasmas 3
PHY 861 Beam Physics 3
PHY 864 Accelerator Technology 3
PHY 905 Special Problems 3
PHY 961 Nonlinear Beam Dynamics 3
PHY 962 Particle Accelerators 3
PHY 963 U.S. Particle Accelerator School 3
PHY 964 Seminar in Beam Physics Research 3
Additional courses may be used to fulfill this requirement if approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. Up to 14 credits of undergraduate senior-level courses that have not been used towards any other degree may be used to fulfill this requirement with the exception of PHY 405 and PHY 490.
Additional Requirements for Plan A
1. Complete 5 to 10 credits of PHY 899 Master’s Thesis Research.
2. Pass a final oral examination in defense of the thesis.