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Physics MS

RIT's physics master's solidifies your understanding on the core aspects of physics in both research and technical skill as you study areas of physics that support your career interests.

Program skills

The program focuses on providing advanced knowledge in core areas of physics. This includes electrodynamics, quantum and classical mechanics, and statistical physics, as well as one or more sub-areas of physics that correspond to each students' individual interests and career aspirations. Students work with the program director to develop a tailored individual academic plan that includes course work that supports these goals. Sub-areas may include modern and quantum optics; lasers; computational physics; solid-state, materials, and device physics; soft matter and biological physics; radiation scattering spectroscopy; relativity and gravitation; and nanoscale physics. The program also includes professional skills in organization and leadership, managing research teams, promoting innovation or sustainable technologies, entrepreneurship and intellectual property, finance and accounting, data science, scientific visualization, electronics, STEM pedagogy, and education research, public policy, and communication skills. 

Program facilities equipment

Students are exposed to numerous laboratories throughout their studies: X-Ray and Surface Science Laboratory, Atomic-Scale Microscopy Laboratory, Laser Light Scattering Laboratory for complex and biological fluid studies, Optics Laboratory, Materials Laboratory, Quantum Optics Teaching Laboratory, Physical Optics Teaching Laboratory, Modern Physics/Advanced Physics Teaching Laboratory, Electronics Teaching Laboratory, Instrument/Detector Development Laboratory for Experimental Cosmology, Observatory, Granular Materials Laboratory, Supercomputer Clusters, and the Nanopower Research Laboratories (NPRL).

Program job titles reported

Optical/Photonics Scientist; Instrumentation and Device Engineer; Quantum Research and Development Scientist; Radiation and Detector Physicist; Computational Physicist

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education

What makes an RIT science and math education exceptional? It’s the ability to complete science and math co-ops and gain real-world experience that sets you apart. Co-ops in the College of Science include cooperative education and internship experiences in industry and health care settings, as well as research in an academic, industry, or national lab. These are not only possible at RIT, but are passionately encouraged.

Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success.

Cooperative education is optional but strongly encouraged for graduate students in the physics program.