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Our graduate programs are structured such that students will have the ability to enter the workforce and perform as productive, professional, ethically-aware scientists s in areas where traditional science and engineering disciplines overlap. Students who complete a Ph.D. in Physics will be prepared for creative leadership roles in research and education.

Overview

The graduate program in Physics requires a combination of advanced study in physics and original research mentored by a graduate faculty member. Students in both programs work alongside their peers and some of the country’s top physics and engineering physics faculty here at TU to further develop their technical abilities and research skills in preparation for a doctoral degree or successful careers as physicists or engineers. Students prepare for careers as professional physicists and productive members of the scientific community. The skills developed through intensive graduate work in physics – quantitative reasoning, advanced computational methods, data analysis, experimental design, and many others – are also applicable to many other fields.

Areas of specialization will follow the research interests of the faculty and include Astrophysics and General Relativity, Experimental and Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Optics, Photonics and Nanoscience.

Program Objectives

Master of Science in Physics

The objective of the master’s degree program in Physics is to produce graduates that have the ability to enter the workforce and perform as productive, professional, ethically-aware scientists. A student who successfully completes a master’s degree in Physics will possess the following:

  1. Sufficient knowledge in the core fields of Physics.
  2. The ability to assimilate and synthesize existing knowledge in a specialized subfield of Physics and to critically analyze and evaluate research, their own and that of others, in this field.
  3. The ability to make a scholarly contribution within a specialized subfield of Physics in a timely fashion.
  4. The ability to communicate science both verbally and in writing.
    Knowledge concerning the ethical standards for scientific endeavors and the reporting of research results.

Master of Science in Engineering Physics

The objective of the master’s degree program in Engineering Physics is to produce graduates that have the ability to enter the workforce and perform as productive, professional, ethically-aware professionals in areas where traditional science and engineering disciplines overlap. A student who successfully completes a master’s degree in Engineering Physics will possess the following:

  1. Sufficient knowledge in the core fields of Engineering Physics.
  2. The ability to assimilate and synthesize existing knowledge in a specialized subfield of Engineering Physics and to critically analyze and evaluate research, their own and that of others, in this field.
  3. The ability to make a scholarly contribution within a specialized subfield of Engineering Physics in a timely fashion.
  4. The ability to communicate science and engineering both verbally and in writing.
  5. Knowledge concerning the ethical standards for science and engineering endeavors and the reporting of research results.

Doctor of Philosophy in Physics

The objective of the doctor of philosophy program in Physics is to produce graduates that have the ability to enter the workforce and perform as productive, professional, ethically-aware physicists that are prepared for creative leadership roles in research and education. A student who successfully completes a doctor of philosophy in Physics will possess the following:

  1. Mastery of knowledge in the core field of Physics.
  2. The ability to assimilate and synthesize existing knowledge of Physics and to critically analyze and evaluate research.
  3. The ability to create knowledge by making an original scholarly contribution in Physics in a timely fashion.
  4. The ability to communicate science both verbally and in writing.
    Knowledge concerning the ethical standards for scientific endeavors and the reporting of research results.
Degree Options

Engineering Physics, M.S.

Students pursuing this degree are challenged to dig deeper into the realm of how the physics discipline applies to scientific and engineering problems.

Engineering Physics, M.S. (Accelerated Master’s)

Allows TU undergraduate student to being logging graduate hours while completing a bachelor’s degree, reducing the time for completion of the master’s degree.

Physics, M.S.

Gain a solid foundation in basic physics and an introduction to research in preparation for doctoral programs or a career in the engineering and physics industry or education.

Physics, M.S. (Accelerated Master’s)

Allows TU undergraduate student to being logging graduate hours while completing a bachelor’s degree, reducing the time for completion of the master’s degree.

Physics, Ph.D.

Broad background in physics and, through the completion of a dissertation, to teach research applications, identify important problems, and communicate scientific information effectively.

Professional Opportunities
  • Engineering physicist
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Nanoengineering technician
  • Robotics engineer
Application Requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, the following items must be submitted to the Graduate School:

  • A completed Graduate School application
  • Statement of Purpose (admission essay)
  • 2 – 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on your academic potential.
  • Official or unofficial transcripts from all universities attended
  • GRE General Test results
  • $55 application fee
  • International students who studied at a university outside of the U.S. will also need to submit TOEFL or IELTS results