Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP)

 

Overview

Suggested Class Schedules for AMP in Physics/Astronomy

How to Apply

 

Overview

The Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) at the University of Alabama is intended for highly-motivated undergraduates and allows students to pursue a Master’s degree and take graduate-level courses that simultaneously count toward their undergraduate degree. More information on this program can be found from the Graduate School AMP page.

In the Dept of Physics & Astronomy, AMP students would still pursue a regular Master’s degree, requiring at least 30 credit hours of appropriate graduate-level courses (more information on UA Physics & Astronomy Master’s degrees can be found here) . In principle, for an AMP student, up to 15 credit hours of graduate-level courses can also count toward the undergraduate degree. In Physics & Astronomy, students are still be expected to take the vast majority of the normal undergraduate courses for their major, because these courses form the foundation for any graduate work in the subject. In practice, therefore, for a Physics & Astronomy AMP student, at most 6 credit hours of graduate courses can count toward their undergraduate major, and any additional credit hours from the AMP program would have to count toward non-major credit, if at all.

 

Suggested Class Schedules for AMP in Physics/Astronomy

To be successful in the AMP program and earn the Master’s degree in the intended 5 years, students will need to plan well ahead to ensure that they have taken all undergraduate prerequisites in advance of the needed graduate classes. Here we outline some possible schedules that would allow students in either the Physics or Astronomy AMP program to complete the requirements in 5 years.

 

Physics Graduate School Track Fall Spring
Year 1 MATH 125

 

MATH 126

PH 105

Year 2 MATH 227

PH 106

MATH 238

PH 253

Year 3 PH 255

PH 331

PH 302

PH 332

Year 4 PH 441

PH 501

PH 531

PH 442

PH 471

PH 541

Year 5 Grad Elective

Grad Elective

Grad Elective

PH 571

Grad Elective

Grad Elective

Grad Elective

 

Astrophysics Track Fall Spring
Year 1 MATH 125

 

MATH 126

PH 105

Year 2 MATH 227

PH 106

AY 203

AY 204

MATH 238

PH 253

AY 206

Year 3 PH 255

PH 331

PH 302

PH 332

Year 4 PH 441

PH 501

PH 531

PH 442

PH 541

Grad Elective

Year 5 Grad Elective

Grad Elective

Grad Elective

AY 521 or AY 533

Grad Elective

Grad Elective

 

 

How to Apply for AMP in Physics & Astronomy

 

For the minimum requirements to enter the Accelerated Master’s Program in the Dept of Physics & Astronomy, please consult the AMP table in the Graduate School Catalog

To apply for AMP, students should complete an application to the UA Graduate School.

The deadline for an AMP application is 1 April each year.

For an AMP application compared to a regular Master’s application, please note the following:

1. Students should submit a Statement of Purpose and arrange for at least two letters of reference to be provided

2. The GRE Score requirement is waived for AMP applicants

3. Please be sure to indicate Accelerated Masters Program as your intended program in the application