The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a Master of Science degree with a track in Physics Education in conjunction with the Department of Education at Tufts. 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.

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

Last, but not least, 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

10 graduate-level courses:

  • Four core courses in Physics
    • PHY 131 - Advanced Classical Mechanics
    • PHY 145 - Classical Electromagnetic Theory I
    • PHY 153 - Statistical Mechanics
    • PHY 163 - Quantum Theory I
  • Two required courses in Education
    • ED 111 - Development of Knowledge and Reasoning in the Science Curriculum
    • ED 130 - Human Development and Learning
  • Two semesters (one credit) of STEM Education Proseminar (ED 222 and/or ED 223)
  • One foundation's course in Education
  • Two elective courses in Physics and/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
Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated June 3, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2020
2 years
52,724 USD
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