The Master of Science (MS) in Physics program provides flexible options that can be tailored to the specific career goals and disciplinary interests of students seeking graduate training in fundamental and/or applied areas of physics. The program is suitable as either a means to further career development or as preparation for further graduate study.

Nationally, MS Physics graduates are highly employable across all economic sectors, and can pursue a wide variety of exciting opportunities in the private sector, in government labs and agencies, and in university-level and secondary education. 

The program offers two options: 

● Research Physics Option 
● Professional Physics Option   

Both options comprise a minimum of 30 credit hours of study and provide a solid underpinning of advanced physics training. The Research Physics Option aims to leverage acquired physics knowledge to advance the student's research training, and culminates in a Master of Science thesis. The Professional Physics Option supplements advanced physics knowledge with “professional-skills” electives tailored to an individual's career goals. Full-time students can generally complete the Research Physics Option in two academic years and the Professional Physics Option in one-and-a-half years. 

Coursework in the program provides training in core areas of physics including electrodynamics, quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, and statistical physics, as well as in one or more sub-areas of physics corresponding to the student’s interests and career goals. The latter areas include:

  • Modern Optics
  • Biological Physics 
  • Quantum Optics 
  • Radiation 
  • Lasers
  • Scattering
  • Computational Physics
  • Spectroscopy 
  • Solid-state Physics 
  • Relativity 
  • Materials Physics
  • Gravitation
  • Device Physics
  • Nanoscale Physics
  • Soft Matter Physics

Professional skills electives in the Professional Physics Option provide training in areas including:

  • 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
  • Communication Skills

To view a complete list of the MS Physics Faculty, click here.

To view a more detailed list of courses for this program, click here.
Rochester Institute of Technology College of Science