Applied Physics

As one of the few advanced degree programs in applied physics in the world, the Applied Physics program at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals offers you the opportunity to focus on a wide range of topics—from condensed matter to interstellar space.

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Degrees & Pathways

Concentrations
Materials and Condensed MatterPhotonics

About

The Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals Applied Physics program prepares students for exciting careers in the research and development of cutting-edge technology. Taught by leading scientists at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, the Naval Research Laboratory, NASA, and the University of Maryland Baltimore County, participants take advantage of learning from real-world experts in ocean science, solid-state physics, space science, optics, and more.

For students that wish to start the program in spring 2018 and complete it online, please review the schedule planning documents for Applied Physics and/or the photonics concentration.

Upon completing the degree program, students will:

  1. Gain a mastery of mathematical methods (e.g., integral transforms, ODEs, complex analysis, PDEs, and boundary value problems) that are essential to the solution of advanced problems in the fields of applied physics and engineering.
  2. Gain a working knowledge of Maxwell’s Equations and classical electrodynamics, such that static and time-varying fields in free space and media, conservation laws, and gauge invariance can be investigated, and this knowledge employed to solve practical problems.
  3. Establish a firm understanding of the mathematical foundation of quantum mechanics, and the ability to apply these techniques to solve practical problems encountered in careers.

Requirements

Master's Degree

Admission Requirements

  • You must meet the general admission requirements that pertain to all master's degree candidates.
  • Your prior education must include (1) mathematics through vector analysis and ordinary differential equations; (2) general physics; (3) modern physics; (4) intermediate mechanics; and (5) intermediate electricity and magnetism. (The intermediate mechanics and intermediate electricity and magnetism requirements may be waived if the applicant has an exceptional academic record and a strong background in mathematics.)
  • When reviewing an application, the candidate's academic and professional background will be considered.
  • If you are an international student, you may have additional admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

  • Ten courses must be completed within five years.
  • The curriculum consists of four core courses and six electives.
  • At least four of the courses must be at the 700-level or higher. An elective may be substituted for a required course if the student has previously completed an equivalent graduate-level course.
  • Only one C-range grade (C+, C, or C−) can count toward the master’s degree.
  • All course selections are subject to advisor approval.
  • Materials and Condensed Matter Concentration:
    • Students can elect to concentrate their studies in materials and condensed matter by completing a combination of courses from the Applied Physics (615.xxx), Electrical and Computer Engineering (525.xxx), and Materials Science and Engineering (515.xxx) programs. Applied Physics students specializing in materials and condensed matter must complete three of the core courses plus 615.680 Materials Science.
    • Of the remaining six courses, four or more must be materials and condensed matter courses selected from the Applied Physics (615.xxx), Electrical and Computer Engineering (525.xxx), and Materials Science and Engineering (515.xxx) programs. All course selections are subject to advisor approval.
    • Concentrations are noted on the student’s transcript.
  • Photonics Concentration:
    • Three Applied Physics core courses (615.xxx), one Electrical and Computer Engineering core course (525.xxx), four Photonics electives, and two electives from the program must be completed. All course selections are subject to advisor approval.
    • Concentrations are noted on the student’s transcript.

Post-Master's Certificate

Admission Requirements

Certificate Requirements

  • Six courses must be completed within three years.
  • At least four of the six courses must be from the Applied Physics program (615.xxx), and at least two of the courses must be at the 700-level.
  • Students are allowed to take two electives (at least one must be at the 700-level).
  • Only grades of B− or above can count toward the post-master's certificate.
  • All course selections are subject to advisor approval.

Courses

Please refer to the course schedule published each term for exact dates, times, locations, fees, and instructors.

COURSES BY CONCENTRATION

MATERIALS AND CONDENSED MATTER

615.800 Applied Physics Project and 615.802 Directed Studies in Applied Physics can also be used to allow the student to pursue specialized interests in materials science and condensed matter.

PHOTONICS

615.800 Applied Physics Project and 615.802 Directed Studies in Applied Physics can also be used to allow the student to pursue specialized interests in Optics.

Program News

New Grant Will Support Faculty Training in Online and Digital Learning
June 7, 2018

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals has received a DELTA grant to build Faculty Forward, an intensive faculty development program to train fellows in the latest and most effective online and digital learning tools and techniques. The grant was awarded by JHU's Office of the Provost.

High Rankings for JHU Online Engineering Programs
January 10, 2018

The online programs at the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering are ranked highly according to the latest report from U.S. News & World Report released January 9, 2018.

Top Instructors Receive 2017 Faculty Awards
April 18, 2017

During the 2017 spring faculty meeting held at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins Engineering honored ten outstanding online and part-time instructors for their dedication in the classroom this past year.