The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers programs of study leading to a Master of Science degree, with a full range of graduate-level courses and research opportunities in astronomy, biophysics, condensed matter physics, cosmology, elementary particle physics, and quantum information. Our students may also pursue research in related departments, such as biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, and mathematics.

Physics department 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.

Tufts and its close proximity to Boston offer 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

The department has established qualifications to ensure that all degree candidates have a broad background in experimental and theoretical physics. The text below describes the requirements for the Master of Science degree and outlines some possible courses of study, but each student will work closely with his/her advisor and faculty advisory committee to design the curriculum that is best for the student.

8 graduate-level courses:

  • Five core courses in Physics
    • PHY 131 - Advanced Classical Mechanics
    • PHY 145 - Classical Electromagnetic Theory I
    • PHY 146 - Classical Electromagnetic Theory II
    • PHY 163 - Quantum Theory I
    • PHY 164 - Quantum Theory II
  • Three elective courses in Physics and/or related fields.
    • Writing and defending a Master's thesis may be counted as the equivalent of up to three elective courses.

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
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