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Master of Science, Applied Physical Science

About the Program

Georgia Southern’s Master of Science in Applied Physical Science is a terminal professional degree that prepares graduates for the workplace by giving them real-world experience in applying their knowledge of physical science to projects of interest to the business, government, and nonprofit sectors. Students gain a deeper understanding of the science used in their fields, as well as receiving a solid grounding in business fundamentals and communications, thus, preparing them to become leaders in the business aspects of science. Students can choose between a Professional Science Master’s option, a traditional terminal thesis option, or a non-thesis and select an interdisciplinary concentration area of either pre-clinical sciences, material and coatings science, and pharmaceutical science.

General Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Applied Physical Science program requires 30 hours of course work (36 hours for Professional Science Master’s or Non-Thesis). Required course work can be found in the catalog. All students entering the graduate program in physical science at Georgia Southern must have taken the GRE. The thesis defense is a comprehensive examination that may include questions on the thesis, subject matter related to the thesis, and coursework taken at Georgia Southern University.

Admission Requirements

Students are selected for the Master of Science in Applied Physical Science degree program on a competitive basis. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admissions.

  1. B.S. or B.A. degree in chemistry, physics or related degree from an appropriate regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from a recognized foreign college or university. Official TOEFL scores (not more than two years old) required for international students.

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  1. An overall minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or at the discretion of the graduate admission committee.
  2. Official GRE Report showing competitive subtest scores.
  3. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s potential to complete successful graduate work.
  4. Applicant’s Statement of Purpose & Research Experience, which must address
    1. the student’s preparation and research experience for graduate study,
    2. the student’s goals for the graduate program, potential concentration area, and possible advisor (for thesis option), &
    3. the student’s professional goals following completion of the M.S.A.P.S. program
  5. The applicant must have the appropriate undergraduate preparation for the area of concentration. This requires meeting the general M.S.A.P.S. requirements and the prerequisites listed for the particular concentration area.

Applicants may be approved for provisional admission based on the quality of the admission material presented. Provisional students must earn grades of ‘B’ or higher in their first nine (9) hours of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA. (

Advanced Bachelor’s to Master’s (ABM) Information

Qualified students may be eligible for an accelerated bachelor’s to master’s (ABM) program. ABM programs allow you to begin graduate studies in your senior year so you can accelerate completion of a graduate degree. You’ll earn both a bachelor’s and a graduate degree faster. And since any graduate courses taken as an undergraduate are billed at the undergraduate tuition rate, you’ll save money too. Learn more about accelerated bachelor’s to master’s programs. (ABM)



Priority: March 1*

Final: July 1*


Priority: September 15*

Final: November 22*


Does Not Admit

*The application and all ​​required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab​ for the program must be received by the deadline.  If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Program Contact Information

Dr. Michele McGibony
Graduate Program Director and Coordinator

Last updated: 6/22/2023