Physics Masters

MASTERS PROGRAMS

Master of Science - Physics
The Master of Science degree prepares students optimally for further continuation to a Ph.D. program in physics. It is awarded after completion of 30 credits of graduate coursework which include the following required courses:

  • PEP 510 Modern Optics Lab
  • PEP 528 Mathematical Methods of Science and Engineering II
  • PEP 554 Quantum Mechanics II
  • PEP 555 Statistical Physics and Kinetic Theory
  • PEP 642 Mechanics
  • PEP 643 Electricity and Magnetism I
  • PEP 644 Electricity and Magnetism II
  • One 600-level advanced quantum mechanics course
  • and two additional elective courses, chosen in consultation with an academic advisor.

These courses may be used to conduct research to graduate with an MS Thesis (PEP 900.) Courses with material already covered in undergraduate preparation must be replaced in consultation with an academic advisor.

Master of Engineering - Engineering Physics
The Master of Engineering - Engineering Physics degree program has three options. Students enrolled in a particular option develop a course of study in conjunction with their academic advisor. In contrast to the Master of Science in physics, the Master of Engineering option is intended to provide the student with deeper insight into the specific area of their choice - which may even be interdisciplinary. Students wanting to continue their education towards a doctoral degree will be optimally prepared for interdisciplinary Physics research, yet may have to take several additional courses to fulfill the requirements for a Ph.D. in Physics.

The Engineering Physics option in Applied Optics seeks to extend and broaden training in those areas pertinent to the field of applied optics or optical engineering. A bachelor's degree in either science or engineering from an accredited institution is required.

Core Courses in Engineering Physics (Applied Optics)

  • PEP 509 Intermediate Waves and Optics
  • PEP 510 Modern Optics Lab
  • PEP 515 Photonics I
  • PEP 516 Photonics II
  • PEP 527 Mathematical Methods of Science and Engineering I
  • PEP 542 Electromagnetism
  • PEP 553 Quantum Mechanics and Engineering Applications
  • PEP 554 Quantum Mechanics II
  • PEP 577 Laser Theory and Design
  • PEP 578 Laser Applications and Advanced Optics
  • PEP 678 Physics of Optical Communication Systems

The Engineering Physics option in Solid State Physics seeks to extend and broaden training in those areas pertinent to the field of solid state device engineering. A bachelor's degree in either science or engineering from an accredited institution is required.

Core Courses in Engineering Physics (Solid State Physics)

  • EE 619 Solid State Devices
  • PEP 503 Introduction to Solid State Physics
  • PEP 510 Modern Optics Lab
  • PEP 527 Mathematical Methods of Science and Engineering I
  • PEP 538 Introduction to Mechanics
  • PEP 542 Electromagnetism
  • PEP 553 Quantum Mechanics and Engineering Applications
  • PEP 554 Quantum Mechanics II
  • PEP 555 Statistical Physics and Kinetic Theory
  • PEP 680 Quantum Optics

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

Nanotechnology Concentration - Masters Engineering Physics
The Engineering Physics option in Nanotechnology seeks to extend and broaden training in a largely interdisciplinary learning environment with a focus on fundamentals and applications of Nanotechnology. A bachelor degree in either science or engineering from an accredited institution is required. The M.E. degree in nanotechnology will be awarded after completion of 30 credits of graduate coursework with the following requirements:

Core Courses in Engineering Physics (Nanotechnology)

  • NANO 600 Nanoscale Science and Technology
  • PEP 503 Introduction to Solid State Physics
  • PEP 538 Introduction to Mechanics
  • PEP 542 Electromagnetism
  • PEP 553 Quantum Mechanics and Engineering Applications
  • PEP 555 Statistical Physics and Kinetic Theory

In addition to the core courses, the student has to complete three additional courses out of the PEP or NANO program (elective courses) selected in consultation with the advisor. As an option, candidates may choose to execute a Master thesis in the realm of nanotechnology in consultation with an academic advisor for up to six credits to be counted towards the degree in replacement of elected courses. 

* Students with a background in Quantum Mechanics should take directly PEP/NANO554 after consultation with the advisor.

For more information, visit the Nanotechnology Graduate Program site.

Interdisciplinary Master- Concentration Microelectronics and Photonics and Technology

The Physics and Engineering Physics program offers, jointly with Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Materials Engineering, a unique interdisciplinary concentration in Microelectronics and Photonics Science and Technology. Intended to meet the needs of students and of industry in the areas of design, fabrication, integration, and applications of microelectronic and photonic devices for communications and information systems, the program covers fundamentals, as well as state-of-the-art industrial practices. Designed for maximum flexibility, the program accommodates the background and interests of students with either a master's degree or graduate certificate.

Core course required:

  • PEP 507 Introduction to Microelectronics and Photonics

Six electives are required from the courses offered below by Materials Engineering, Physics and Engineering Physics, and Electrical Engineering. Three of these courses must be from Physics and Engineering Physics and at least one must be from each of the other two departments. Ten courses are required for the degree.

Required Concentration Electives:

  • CPE 690 Introduction to VLSI Design
  • EE 585 Physical Design of Wireless Systems
  • EE 626 Optical Communication Systems
  • MT 562 Solid State Electronics for Engineeing II
  • MT 595 Reliability and Failure of Solid State Devices
  • MT 596 Microfabrication Techniques
  • PEP 503 Introduction to Solid State Physics
  • PEP 515 Photonics I
  • PEP 516 Photonics II
  • PEP 561 Solid State Electronics for Engineering I

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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 gradadmissions@stevens.edu.

For more details on deadlines and how to apply please visit the Office of Graduate Admissions website at www.stevens.edu/graduate.