Master of Science, Applied Physical Science

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 environmental science, 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.

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Michele McGibony
Graduate Program Director and Coordinator

Regular 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.
  2. An overall minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or at the discretion of the graduate admission committee.
  3. Official GRE Report showing competitive subtest scores.
  4. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s potential to complete successful graduate work.
  5. 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
  6. 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.

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


Applicants who do not meet the admissions requirements may be admitted provisionally. To be converted to regular status, provisional students must take any appropriate undergraduate courses as recommended by the graduate committee and must earn a “B” or higher in their first 9 hours of coursework approved by the graduate director.

Physical Science, M.S. Admissions Deadlines
Fall Spring Summer
Priority Deadline March 1* September 15*  March 15*
Final Deadline July 1* November 22*  April 15*

*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.

Last updated: 10/7/2019

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