Information below is intended for prospective students who are considering a Master's degree in Space Science from UAH.

All questions about enrolling in our M.S. program should be directed to Dr. Gang Li, Chair of the SPA Graduate Committee.

Requirements for M.S. Degree - Thesis Option

  1. Complete the core coursework (15 credit hours), see Core Courses below.
  2. Complete an additional 9 credit hours of elective courses. These are chosen from the Elective Courses list.
  3. Complete SPA 582 and SPA 796 once. 
  4. Complete 6 hours of Master's thesis (SPA 699).
  5. Write and defend a Master's thesis.
Core Courses
SPA 522INTRODUCTION TO PLASMA PHYSICS3
SPA 610ADV MATH METHDS FOR SPA SCI3
SPA 622CLASSICAL & QUANTUM STATISTICS3
SPA 624SPACE PHYSICS I3
SPA 631WAVES AND FIELDS3
Required Courses
SPA 582SCIENCE CAREER PREP1
SPA 796JOURNAL CLUB1
Elective Courses
Choose 3 courses from the following:
SPACE WEATHER
TRANSPORT PROCESSES IN SPACE
SPACE PHYSICS II
HIGH ENERGY RADIATION DET&MSRM
SOLAR PHYSICS
ASTROPHYSICAL FLUID DYNAMICS
WAVES IN FLUIDS
COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS
COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNMC &MHD
SELECTED TOPICS
PHYSICS OF COSMIC RAYS
GAMMA-RAY BURSTS AND JETS
COMPETITIVE GRANT WRITING WKSP
SELECTED TOPICS
Total Semester Hours26
Year 1
FallSemester Hours
SPA 522INTRODUCTION TO PLASMA PHYSICS 3
SPA 582SCIENCE CAREER PREP 1
SPA 610ADV MATH METHDS FOR SPA SCI 3
SPA 622CLASSICAL QUANTUM STATISTICS 3
 Term Semester Hours: 10
Spring
SPA 526SPACE WEATHER 3
SPA 624SPACE PHYSICS I 3
SPA 631WAVES AND FIELDS 3
SPA 796JOURNAL CLUB 1
 Term Semester Hours: 10
Summer
SPA 699MASTER'S THESIS 3
 Term Semester Hours: 3
Year 2
Fall
SPA 627HIGH ENERGY RADIATION DETMSRM 3
SPA 662COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS 3
SPA 699MASTER'S THESIS 3
 Term Semester Hours: 9
 Total Semester Hours: 32

Requirements for M.S. Degree - Non Thesis Option

  1. Complete the core coursework (15 credit hours), see Core Courses below.
  2. Complete an additional 15 credit hours of elective courses. These are chosen from the Elective Courses list.
  3. Complete SPA 582 and SPA 796 once. 
  4. Pass a Comprehensive Examination ("Comps"). The Comps are offered annually during the summer semester and consist of three sections: (a) Electromagnetic Theory, (b) Classical and Quantum Statistics, and (c) Plasma Physics. A passing grade of 40% or above in all three sections is required for a M.S. pass.
Core Courses
SPA 522INTRODUCTION TO PLASMA PHYSICS3
SPA 610ADV MATH METHDS FOR SPA SCI3
SPA 622CLASSICAL & QUANTUM STATISTICS3
SPA 624SPACE PHYSICS I3
SPA 631WAVES AND FIELDS3
Required Courses
SPA 582SCIENCE CAREER PREP1
SPA 796JOURNAL CLUB1
Elective Courses
Choose 5 courses from the following:
SPACE WEATHER
TRANSPORT PROCESSES IN SPACE
SPACE PHYSICS II
HIGH ENERGY RADIATION DET&MSRM
SOLAR PHYSICS
ASTROPHYSICAL FLUID DYNAMICS
WAVES IN FLUIDS
COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS
COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNMC &MHD
SELECTED TOPICS
PHYSICS OF COSMIC RAYS
GAMMA-RAY BURSTS AND JETS
COMPETITIVE GRANT WRITING WKSP
SELECTED TOPICS
Total Semester Hours32
Year 1
FallSemester Hours
SPA 522INTRODUCTION TO PLASMA PHYSICS 3
SPA 582SCIENCE CAREER PREP 1
SPA 610ADV MATH METHDS FOR SPA SCI 3
SPA 622CLASSICAL QUANTUM STATISTICS 3
 Term Semester Hours: 10
Spring
SPA 526SPACE WEATHER 3
SPA 624SPACE PHYSICS I 3
SPA 631WAVES AND FIELDS 3
 Term Semester Hours: 9
Year 2
Fall
SPA 625SPACE PHYSICS II 3
SPA 627HIGH ENERGY RADIATION DETMSRM 3
SPA 662COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS 3
SPA 796JOURNAL CLUB 1
 Term Semester Hours: 10
Spring
SPA 628SOLAR PHYSICS 3
 Term Semester Hours: 3
 Total Semester Hours: 32