The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers programs of study leading to M.S. degrees with a track in Astrophysics. We offer a full range of graduate level courses and research opportunities in astronomy, biophysics, condensed matter physics, cosmology, elementary particle physics, and quantum information.

Physics department faculty have international reputations in a broad range of subjects, and collaborations between department members and members of other departments with differing research interests are common. Close interaction between faculty and students is the norm.

Tufts, and its close proximity to Boston, offers incredible opportunities for cultural, gastronomical, and extra-curricular activities.

Learning Objectives

  • Ability to use advanced mathematics to model, describe and analyze physical phenomena.
  • Ability to apply scientific concepts and principles.
  • Deep understanding in fundamental areas of physics, including:
    • Classical Mechanics
    • Electricity and Magnetism
    • Quantum Mechanics
  • Ability to carry out original research (if completing a master's thesis).
  • Ability to communicate scientific ideas and results effectively, orally and in writing, to professional colleagues (if completing a master's thesis).

Degree Requirements

8 graduate-level courses:

  • Six core courses
    • AST 121 - Galactic Astronomy
    • AST 122 - Extragalactic Astronomy
    • PHY 131 - Advanced Classical Mechanics
    • PHY 145 - Classical Electromagnetic Theory I
    • PHY 153 - Statistical Mechanics
    • PHY 163 - Quantum Theory I
  • One course, chosen from the following:
    • PHY 146 - Classical Electromagnetic Theory II
    • PHY 164 - Quantum Theory II
    • A course in radioactive processes in astrophysics (may be taken at another institution)
  • One elective course in Physics or Astronomy

Application Requirements

  • Application fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal statement
  • Official GRE required
    • GRE subject test scores strongly recommended
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
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Last updated June 3, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2020
2 years
52,724 USD
per year.
Jan 15, 2020
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