Admissions 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.)
  • If your prior education does not include the prerequisites listed above, you may still be admitted under conditional status, followed by full admission once you have satisfactorily completed a set of conditional courses. Conditional courses will be selected from the suite of Applied Physics graduate course offerings and once satisfactorily completed count towards the student’s degree.
  • 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.
  • A Concentration can be selected but is not required.
  • 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.

Course Planning and Search

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Certificate in Applied Physics

If you are not quite ready to commit to another master’s degree, take a look at pursuing our post-master’s certificate option. You can earn this certificate in 5 courses.