The physics department performs advanced research in condensed matter, fundamental particles and fields, biophysics, and complexity. The M.S. program gives students an understanding of physics’ basic theoretical structures as preparation for conducting cutting-edge research.
The Physics department offers Master of Science degrees with several options. The standard physics MS can be obtained by taking a specified set of courses without an MS thesis. Alternatively, an MS thesis may substitute for 8 credit hours of coursework. Both of these options may be pursued either full time or part time. Upon completion of the MS degree in Physics, students should be able to apply graduate-level knowledge and solve problems in the areas of electrodynamics, quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, statistical mechanics, and advanced mathematical methods.
- Thesis and Non-Thesis options are available
- With more than 80 students and 31 tenured and tenure-track faculty, we provide a wide range of research group choices for students in the physics graduate program
Admissions DatesFall admissions only. Rolling admission until May 1 for international applicants and August 1 for domestic applicants.
- Application fee
- Unofficial transcripts for all institutions attended
(Official transcripts required upon acceptance of admission offer)
- Personal statement
- Three letters of recommendation
- GRE scores
- GRE Subject scores strongly recommended, but not required
- Proof of English Proficiency for all applicants (from one of the following):
- Degree earned or in progress at a U.S. institution
- Degree earned or in progress at an institution where English is the only medium of instruction
- Official exam scores from either the TOEFL iBT, IELTS, or PTE exam
Fall Term 1
May be taken either first or second year:
Spring Term 1
Choose one from the following:
Note: In consultation with your faculty advisor you may choose an area of specialization from physics, engineering, chemistry, biology, mathematics, psychology, or computer science. Additional elective courses are listed in the PhD program.
Complete 8 semester hours from the following:
Complete 4 semester hours from the following:
Applied physics, engineering physics, biophysics, chemical physics, materials physics, mathematical physics, or computational physics. Note: that the specialization will not appear on the degree diploma or on the official transcript but can be listed as the field of study on CVs and grant proposals.
Complete course work in consultation with faculty advisor.
Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:
- Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.
- In-Class Case Studies — Professors integrate case studies and exercises into the classroom to bring a real-world perspective and relevance to what they’re teaching.
- Research — Students collaborate with faculty in our more than 30 federally funded research centers, tackling some of the most pressing challenges in health, security, and sustainability.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 230,000 alumni and 3,000 employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Science & Mathematics alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
- State Street
- Liberty Mutual Insurance
What They Do
- Business Development
- Information Technology
What They're Skilled At
- Project Management
- Data Analysis
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