Physics M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees

Physics M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees
Physics on the Multi-Scale

Stevens university-wide commitment to developing technologies with broad applications for society allows graduate students in Physics to apply their theoretical expertise to a variety of local research initiatives. For those seeking a direct application of Physics to engineering through optics or solid state physics, Stevens also offers a Master's of Engineering degree in Engineering Physics. Students committed to the pursuit of quantum level phenomena in nanoscale research are invited to participate in Stevens interdisciplinary Nanotechnology Graduate Program.

Research in Focus
Nanoscale Research in Graphene

Dr. Stefan Strauf directs the Nanophotonics Lab, where faculty and graduate students conduct ground-breaking study in the areas of nanophotonics and nanoelectronics. Current research projects involve scalable quantum photonic devices based on vertical quantum dots and photonic crystals, investigation of phase coherence in nano patterned graphene for the realization of electron wave interferometers, high-speed single electron memory from carbon nanotube quantum dots, compound-lattice photonic crystals made by holographic lithography, and experimental quantum key distribution using semiconductor single photon sources. As a graduate student in the Nanophotonics lab, Milan Begliarbekov, a Physics Ph.D. candidate, has joined Dr. Strauf in advancing scientific knowledge of the new material known as graphene. Milan has already published multiple papers on his NSF-funded graphene research, appearing in peer-reviewed journals. The supportive environment at Stevens has allowed him to excel in the challenges presented by the latest scientific studies.

Free Space Communications

As Director of the Ultrafast Laser Spectroscopy and Communication Laboratory, Dr. Rainer Martini confronts the challenge of creating ultrahigh-speed free space communications in the MIR spectrum, a range in which researchers work at the fringes of the laws of physics and material properties in developing faster systems of data transmission. Dr. Martini's work has the potential to improve telecom communications by orders of magnitude 100 to 1,000 times and is working to create the prospect for ultra broadband capacity combined with high quality. Dr. Martini's work has led to the creation of start-up Predator Vision, LLC, of which he is CEO. The company's flagship product, the Predator Camera, provides unprocessed thermal imaging at 4 megapixel resolution, with a planned version increasing to 10 megapixel resolution.

A Supportive Community

The Physics Department at Stevens provides a faculty large and diverse enough to support thorough and varied instructional and research opportunities for graduate students, yet small enough to give concentrated attention to every scholar. A close-knit campus cultivates multi-disciplinary collaborations and inter-departmental relationships between students, professors, and research staff. Surrounded by industry and academic research centers in the prosperous Greater New York City area, Stevens also provides support for multi-facility partnerships and a launchpad to successful careers or further study after graduation.

Atmospheric Observation and Research

Stevens Light and Life Lab develops technology that accurately interprets environmental conditions using space satellite data. Lab director Dr. Knut Stamnes is a pioneer in using remote sensing to determine water conditions and overall ecosystem health. Dr. Stamnes is an internationally known researcher who is recognized for his work on the measurement and impact of atmospheric radiation. He specializes in the study of atmospheric/space research, radiation transport in planetary media including the coupled atmosphere-snow/ice-ocean system, atmospheric radiative energy balance and climate, satellite remote sensing of the environment, numerical modeling of geophysical phenomena and comparison with measurements, radiation transport in turbid media such as biological tissue, and aerosol-cloud-radiation-climate interactions and feedbacks. His work within the Light and Life Lab, has been to develop "virtual modeling" assessment tools to study water quality. This model can be used to develop diagnostic tools to analyze water health and monitor coastal regions. Professor Stamnes has received funding from NASA, NOAA, and the U.S. Department of Energy to facilitate his atmosphere and space research.

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Admission Requirements

Admission into the Graduate Certificate or Master's Degree programs requires an undergraduate degree in Engineering, or in a related discipline, with a grade point average of "B" or better from an accredited college or university.

Required Documentation

All applicants must submit the following documents to be considered for admission:

  • Completed online application for admission
  • Official college transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • GRE scores*
  • Application fee

Optional Documents:

  • Resume/CV

* Starting Fall 2014 GRE scores required for all applicants applying into a full-time graduate program in the School of Engineering and Sciences. (Code #2819) All scores are only valid for five years prior to the application term. GRE required for all PhD applicants.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

TOEFL/IELTS - International students (Code #2819).  For English language proficiency requirements please click here.

Approximately two weeks following receipt of the above material, you will receive a decision letter from the Office of Graduate Admissions. If accepted you will receive an acceptance letter outlining the program to which you were accepted, as well as your assigned Academic Advisor's contact information.

For questions related to program requirements please check with the Office of Graduate Admissions at [email protected].

For more details on deadlines and how to apply please visit the Office of Graduate Admissions website at