The Master of Science in Engineering Physics program will provide students the opportunity to collaborate with the foremost experts in the field, many of whom have been awarded research grant funding for important research projects. Whether students have recently earned their undergraduate degrees, or have professional experience, the program is well suited in either situation. Students will graduate from the program with expertise in Applied Physics, as it pertains to Space Science and Engineering Physics.
The Department of Physical Sciences has numerous distinguished faculty members, including:
Three Outstanding Teacher Awardees
Four Outstanding Researcher Awardees
Six National Science Foundation CAREER awardees, which NSF describes as "the Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations."
The program specifically emphasizes scientific instrumentation, applied optics, remote sensing, spacecraft subsystems (power, attitude, and thermal control), and a wide variety of topics in space science and engineering.
The Engineering Physics program is heavily research-oriented, with a majority of the faculty in the Department of Physical Sciences actively involved in scholarly activities in the space sciences and engineering. The research areas include experimental programs with satellite systems, sounding rockets, ground-based remote-sensing experiments, and a parallel program of theoretical studies in the areas of space systems engineering, upper atmospheric physics, space physics, and plasma and magnetospheric physics.
This program’s objectives are:
Fundamental understanding of scientific and engineering approaches to conceiving and designing complex spacecraft systems.
Development of the diverse set of research skills required to evolve the state of the art in the areas of space science and engineering.
About Engineering Physics at the Daytona Beach, FL Campus
The M.S. in Engineering Physics program gives students expertise in a wide variety of topics in space science and engineering, including scientific instrumentation, applied optics, remote sensing, and spacecraft subsystems.
Housed in the Department of Physical Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, this highly research-oriented degree covers experimental programs ranging from satellite systems and sounding rockets to ground-based remote-sensing experiments — along with theoretical studies in related areas.
Upon program completion, students gain an understanding of scientific and engineering approaches and the research skills needed to conceive and design complex spacecraft systems.
First-year core courses emphasize the heavily technical nature of the space sciences, such as Numerical Methods for Engineers and Scientists, Spacecraft Dynamics and Control, and Advanced Space Physics.
Take advantage of campus laboratories such as the Atmospheric Physics Research Lab, Control Design Lab, 1-meter Ritchey-Chretien Reflecting Telescope, Space Physics Research Lab, and Laboratory for Exosphere and Near-Space Environment Studies (LENSES).
Students are involved in all the research, which includes grants funded by NASA, the National Security Agency (NSA), and other agencies.
Embry-Riddle also offers an accelerated program that allows exceptional students to complete both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Engineering Physics in five years.
Requirements and Courses
The curriculum consists of 15 credits of required coursework, with an additional 15 credits of electives and/or thesis research.
The core courses emphasize the heavily technical nature of the space sciences and require an undergraduate degree in Physics, Engineering, or a related field (such as Mathematics or Chemistry) for preparation.
EP 501 Numerical Methods for Engineers and Scientists
EP 505 Spacecraft Dynamics and Control
EP 509 Advanced Space Physics
EP 600 Experimental Methods in Space Science
EP 605 Spacecraft Power and Thermal Design
Electives (others available on a rotating basis)
AE 508 Intermediate Heat Transfer
AE 514 Introduction to the Finite Element Method
AE 520 Perturbation Methods in Engineering
AE 524 Rocket Engine Propulsion Systems
BA 511 Operations Research
EP 696 Graduate Internship in Engineering Physics
EP 699 Special Topics in Engineering Physics
MA 502 Boundary Value Problems
MA 504 Theory of the Potential
MA 506 Probability and Statistical Inference
MA 510 Fundamentals of Optimization
SE 500 Software Engineering Discipline
SE 545 Specification and Design of Real-Time Systems
SE 585 Metrics and Statistical Methods for Software Engineering
SE 610 Software Systems Architecture and Design
SE 655 Performance Analysis of Real-Time Systems
EP 700 Thesis