M.S. in Physics

Georgetown University - Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Program Description

M.S. in Physics

Georgetown University - Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Research at an internationally-renowned institution

We offer both academic and industrial research allowing our students a firm grounding in theoretical and practical skills.

Forge a path that best suits Your needs

The Industrial Leadership in Physics (ILP) student supplements traditional coursework and thesis research with classes in business and entrepreneurship and year-long apprenticeships with our industrial partners.

Small size, a big strength

Our faculty provides close guidance at every stage of the doctoral process. We foster a close-knit and collegiate environment; a setting primed for excellence and advancement.

Modern infrastructure and facilities, a superior funding record

Our state-of-the-art research and teaching facility is specifically designed to promote interdisciplinary research and innovation.

Application Requirements

The Process

  • All applications to the Graduate Physics Program should be submitted electronically through the Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences application portal.
  • The Graduate School Physics page includes the most current information on deadlines and requirements.

Note: The Graduate School will not accept any credentials via email or fax.

The application for the 2018-2019 academic year is due on January 1, 2018. A completed application consists of an application form, the application fee, and the following credentials:

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General test.
  • GRE Physics Subject test.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended after high school.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (CV).
  • 3 letters of recommendation.
  • Academic statement of purpose.
  • TOEFL or IELTS score.

Our Requirements

  1. Achieve a Bachelor's degree in Physics or a related field.
  2. Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in an accredited undergraduate program.
  3. Take the GRE.
  4. Take the Physics Subject GRE.
    Due to its infrequency, it may be difficult for certain graduate students to take the Physics subject GRE. If such cases, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator to ensure us that every accommodation has been made to attend this exam.
  5. Score a minimum of 600 (paper) or 100 (iBT) on the TOEFL exam or 7.5 for the IELTS exam
    For applicants from non-English speaking countries only.

Note: GRE scores are valid for 5 years from the date of the test, while TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years from the date of the test.

Letters of Recommendation

It is important to carefully select the people who will write your letters of recommendation; grades and test scores do not reflect the totality of the applicant. Choose individuals who will accurately assess your capacity for research and have known you for an extended period, such as a Research Advisor. It is better to choose someone who knows you well than someone of more acclaim.

Academic Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose should be one to two pages long. It should describe your background as it relates to your interest in pursuing graduate studies in the physics program at Georgetown. For example, you could mention academics, research and work experience, and community contributions. Your statement should also cover your academic and professional goals, how the physics program will help you achieve those goals, your talents and abilities, and the reason why you want to pursue an advanced degree. If you are applying to the Industrial Leadership in Physics program, your statement of purpose must address your specific interest.

International Students

For applicants whose native language is not English, certification of English language proficiency is required via TOEFL or IELTS.

  • The minimum TOEFL score is 600 for the paper version or 100 for the internet version.
  • The minimum IELTS score is 7.5.

Note: these requirements are stricter than those of the graduate school.

Degree Requirements

Students pursuing the M.S. degree may elect to follow one of two tracks:

  • Academic Track:
    • Complete at least 30 credits with at least 7 graduate physics courses of 3 credits or more.
    • Complete at least 2 additional department-approved courses.
  • Thesis Track:
    • Complete at least 27 credits with at least 7 graduate physics courses of 3 credits or more and at least 1 additional department-approved course.
    • Complete and defend a thesis.

Academic Track Thesis Track

Fall of Year 1

  • Colloquium (PHYS-501)
  • Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS-505)
  • Statistical Mechanics (PHYS-507)
  • Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS-509)
  • Integrated Experience (conducted during exam period)
  • Colloquium (PHYS-501)
  • Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS-505)
  • Statistical Mechanics (PHYS-507)
  • Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS-509)
  • Integrated Experience (conducted during exam period)

Spring of Year 1

  • Colloquium (PHYS-502)
  • Quantum Mechanics II (PHYS-506)
  • Computational Physics (PHYS-508)
  • Solid State Physics (PHYS-510)
  • Integrated Experience (conducted during exam period)
  • Colloquium (PHYS-502)
  • Quantum Mechanics II (PHYS-506)
  • Computational Physics (PHYS-508)
  • Solid State Physics (PHYS-510)
  • Integrated Experience (conducted during exam period)

Summer

  • Comprehensive Exam (Mid-summer)
  • 1 Physics Lab Rotation (Non-Credit)
  • Comprehensive Exam (Mid-summer)
  • 1 Physics Lab Rotation (Non-Credit)

Fall of Year 2

  • 2 Electives:
    • Dynamic Processes in Biological Physics (PHYS-511)
    • Solid State Physics II (PHYS-515)
    • Sensors & Digital Electronics (PHYS-517)
    • Soft Condensed Matter (PHYS-519)
  • Plus 2 Physics Lab Rotations (PHYS-535 & -537)
  • 2 Electives:
    • Dynamic Processes in Biological Physics (PHYS-511)
    • Solid State Physics II (PHYS-515)
    • Sensors & Digital Electronics (PHYS-517)
    • Soft Condensed Matter (PHYS-519)
  • Plus 2 Physics Lab Rotations (PHYS-535 & -537)

Spring of Year 1

  • 2 Electives:
    • Dynamic Processes in Biological Physics (PHYS-511)
    • Solid State Physics II (PHYS-515)
    • Sensors & Digital Electronics (PHYS 517)
    • Soft Condensed Matter (PHYS-519)
  • Thesis Research* (PHYS 999-01)

Thesis

For an M.S. thesis, students are required to form a thesis committee consisting of their research advisor, the director of graduate studies (or an alternate appointed by the DGS), and one other member of the ordinary faculty. The M.S. thesis should be based on research performed at Georgetown or during an industrial apprenticeship.

Students must file a Thesis Proposal Form with the Graduate School. At the latest, this should be done at the beginning of the semester during which the student plans to apply for the degree. Each member of the thesis committee must approve the form before it is submitted to the Graduate School.

Students should consult the Graduate School’s Guidelines for Dissertation and Thesis Writers before beginning the thesis and should adhere to these formatting and procedural requirements during its preparation.

Committee members should be given a draft of the thesis at least four weeks prior to the target date for the thesis defense. The committee members should notify the student of requests for major revisions at least one week prior to the scheduled defense.

The thesis defense begins with a public presentation by the candidate. The candidate delivers a 45-minute oral presentation at a level appropriate for a general physics audience. Any member of the academic community may attend and ask questions during this phase of the exam. Following the public phase, which lasts about an hour, the committee meets alone with the candidate to ask additional questions. The defense is chaired by a member of the committee other than the thesis advisor.

Immediately following the defense, the committee holds a closed meeting to decide whether the defense was successful. Passing the thesis defense requires a unanimous vote by the committee. A student who does not pass the defense on the first try is allowed a second attempt, which must be made within three months of the first attempt.

Students failing the thesis defense for the second time will be dismissed from the M.S. program. Attempting the thesis defense commits a student to the M.S. with the thesis option. After that point, the student may not switch to the coursework-only M.S. option.

Elective Credit and Plan Modifications

Requests for elective credit or for modifications to any part of the program must be made to the graduate committee of the Department of Physics in the form of a written plan of study that lists all of the proposed coursework and provides a rationale for the proposed modifications. In order to be approved, the plan must provide the necessary preparation for the student’s academic and professional goals, and all the prerequisites for the proposed courses must be satisfied.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated December 19, 2017
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This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2019
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2 years
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51,041 USD
Tuition & Mandatory Fees for 12 credit hours
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USA - Washington, District of Columbia
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