Overview

RIT’s master's degree in physics offers both research and professional option, and provides advanced knowledge in core areas of physics, including electrodynamics, quantum, and classical mechanics, and statistical physics, as well as one or more sub-areas of physics that correspond to your individual interests and career aspirations. You’ll work with program faculty to develop a tailored individual academic plan that supports your individual career aspirations.

The MS program in physics is designed to provide flexible options that can be tailored to the specific career goals and disciplinary interests of students seeking graduate training in fundamental and/or applied areas of physics. The program is suitable as either a means to further career development or as preparation for further graduate study. Nationally, MS Physics graduates are highly employable across all economic sectors, spanning a wide variety of exciting opportunities within the private sector (especially in engineering and computer/information technology), in government labs and agencies, and in university level and secondary education.

Plan of study

The program focuses on providing advanced knowledge in core areas of physics. This includes electrodynamics, quantum and classical mechanics, and statistical physics, as well as one or more sub-areas of physics that correspond to each students' individual interests and career aspirations. Students work with the program director to develop a tailored individual academic plan that includes course work that supports these goals. Sub-areas may include modern and quantum optics; lasers; computational physics; solid-state, materials, and device physics; soft matter and biological physics; radiation scattering spectroscopy; relativity and gravitation; and nanoscale physics. The program also includes professional skills in organization and leadership, managing research teams, promoting innovation or sustainable technologies, entrepreneurship and intellectual property, finance and accounting, data science, scientific visualization, electronics, STEM pedagogy, and education research, public policy, and communication skills.

Options

The program offers options in research or professional physics. The research option is research-focused and is intended to leverage each student's acquired physics knowledge in support of furthering the student's research training. Students will conduct research and produce a thesis as part of their studies. The professional option is designed to supplement advanced physics knowledge with a portfolio of electives in professional skills that can be tailored to each student's career goals. Students complete a graduate project.

Industries

  • Aerospace
  • Government (Local, State, Federal)
  • Scientific and Technical Consulting
  • Higher Education
  • Defense
  • Internet and Software
  • Research
  • Other Industries

Curriculum

Physics (research option), MS degree, typical course sequence

First Year

  • PHYS-601 Graduate Physics Seminar I 1
  • PHYS-602 Graduate Physics Seminar II 1
  • Choose two of the following:
    • PHYS-610 Mathematical Methods for Physics
    • PHYS-611 Classical Electrodynamics I
    • PHYS-614 Quantum Theory
  • Choose one of the following:
    • PHYS-630 Classical Mechanics
    • PHYS-640 Statistical Physics
  • Choose one of the following:
    • PHYS-790 Graduate Research & Thesis
    • Physics (or closely related) Elective
  • Physics (or closely related) Electives

Second Year

  • Choose one of the following:
    • PHYS-610 Mathematical Methods for Physics
    • PHYS-611 Classical Electrodynamics I
    • PHYS-614 Quantum Theory
  • PHYS-790 Graduate Research & Thesis

Physics (professional option), MS degree, typical course sequence

First Year

  • PHYS-601 Graduate Physics Seminar I
  • PHYS-602 Graduate Physics Seminar II
  • Choose two of the following:
    • PHYS-610 Mathematical Methods for Physics
    • PHYS-611 Classical Electrodynamics I
    • PHYS-614 Quantum Theory
  • Choose one of the following:
    • PHYS-630 Classical Mechanics
    • PHYS-640 Statistical Physics
  • Physics (or closely related) Elective
  • Professional Electives

Second Year

  • PHYS-780 Graduate Physics Project
  • Professional Elective
  • Physics (or closely related) Elective

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in physics, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete an RIT graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in physics, applied physics, or a closely related discipline within the physical/mathematical sciences or engineering fields from an accredited college or university.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English), for all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation.
  • Submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 100 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.

Bridge courses

If an applicant lacks any prerequisites, bridge courses may be recommended to provide students with the required knowledge and skills needed for the program. If any bridge courses are indicated in a student's plan of study, the student may be admitted to the program on the condition that they successfully complete the recommended bridge courses with a grade of B (3.0) or better (courses with lower grades must be repeated).

Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated July 12, 2019
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