Master of Science in Physics

The Master of Science in Physics prepares students with a background in physics, applied physics, or related fields for an academic career path and the pursuit of a Ph.D. in physics, as well as a research-based career in industry. The students will build upon core concepts introduced in undergraduate physics and related courses to study the main branches of modern physics while developing advanced problem-solving skills. The program aims to establish general expertise in physics while also promoting critical thinking skills.


Program Objectives

The program aims to:

  • prepare students for the Ph.D. program in physics or related fields by providing a fundamental background in modern physics.

  • equip students with critical thinking and problem-solving skills for their success in industry, government, or academics.

  • offer the option to achieve specialization in the areas of quantum engineering, quantum optics, optics, solid state physics, atmospheric science, astronomy, or nanotechnology through elective course selection.  

Program Outcomes

By the time of graduation, students will be able to:

  • use knowledge of the underlying principles in modern physics and solve standard problems and apply basic approaches (mechanics, electrodynamics, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics) to problem solving, especially those of importance to PhD studies.  

  • for those choosing the thesis option, be able to critically evaluate the technical literature and apply it to solve problems in the real world.

  • if chosen, gain specialized knowledge in the chosen area(s) of optics, quantum optics, solid state physics, atmospheric science, or nanotechnology, to optimally prepare for their career tracks. 

Physics Curriculum Requirements

Core Courses

PEP 554Quantum Mechanics I


PEP 555Statistical Physics and Kinetic Theory


PEP 642Mechanics


PEP 643Electricity and Magnetism I



Elective Courses

Students are required to complete 18 credits of elective courses:

  • Any 3 PEP graduate level courses
  • Any 3 graduate level courses*
  • Optional: Master Thesis up to 6 credits (PEP 900)
  • Optional: Practicum Course (PEP 708)

Recommended electives:

  • PEP 501 Fundamentals of Atomic Physics
  • PEP 503 Introduction to Solid State Physics
  • PEP 506 Introduction to Astrophysics and Cosmology
  • PEP 527(PEP 528) Mathematical Methods of Science and Engineering I (II)
  • PEP 557 Quantum Information and Quantum Computation
  • PEP 579 Nonlinear Optics

*These elective courses shall be chosen in consultation with an academic advisor. They can include graduate courses offered by other departments or schools, and be used to conduct research to graduate with a Master of Science Thesis (PEP 900) or obtain credits for an internship (PEP 708).

Courses with material already covered in undergraduate preparation must be replaced in consultation with an academic advisor.