Applied Physics

Applied Physics

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Program Overview

The Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals Applied Physics program prepares students for exciting careers in the research and development of cutting-edge technology.

As one of the few advanced degree programs in applied physics in the world, the flexible curriculum offers students a unique opportunity to focus on a wide range of topics—from condensed matter to interstellar space. Taught by leading scientists at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, the Naval Research Laboratory, NASA, and the University of Maryland Baltimore County, participants can take advantage of learning from real-world experts in ocean science, solid-state physics, space science, optics, and more.

View the learning outcomes for this program.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

  • Master of Science in Applied Physics
    • Concentrations: Materials and Condensed Matter; Photonics
  • Post-Master's Certificate

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (B or above) in the latter half of their undergraduate studies. Significant relevant work experience or a graduate degree in a relevant technical discipline may be considered in lieu of meeting the GPA requirement.
  • Mathematics through vector analysis and ordinary differential equations, general physics, modern physics, intermediate mechanics, and intermediate electricity and magnetism
  • Online application
  • Official transcripts from all college studies

NOTE: GRE scores are not required.

Intermediate mechanics and intermediate electricity and magnetism requirements may be waived for an exceptional GPA and a strong background in mathematics.

While most applicants apply intending to be a degree candidate seeking a graduate degree or certificate, you may also apply as a non-degree seeking special student. To apply as a special student, you must meet the same prerequisites and requirements as a degree seeking candidate.

Master's Degree Requirements

For more in-depth requirements and a listing of required courses, visit the Program Requirements page.

  • Ten courses completed within five years
    • Three of the following six courses: 615.441 Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering, 615.442 Electromagnetics, 615.451 Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics, 615.453 Classical Mechanics, 615.454 Quantum Mechanics, 615.465 Modern Physics
    • One course from the list above, 615.471 Principle of Optics or 615.480 Materials Science, or an introductory course for the concentration areas
    • Four courses from the program (they may be from a particular concentration)
    • Two electives (courses offered by the Whiting School of Engineering may be taken)

Post-Master's Certificate Requirements

  • Six graduate-level courses with a grade of B or above completed within three years
    • Four courses from the program (two must be at the 700 level)
    • Two electives (one must be at the 700 level)

State Authorization Compliance for Online Program Applicants

We currently are not accepting applications to the Applied Physics program from online students who reside in AL, AR, IA, IN, KS, MN, or WI. Residents in these states may apply to Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals programs offered at any JHU campus location.

State-Specific Information for Online Programs

Students from Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin should be aware of state-specific information for online programs.

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