Master of Science in Applied Physics

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The Master of Science in Applied Physics is a rigorous graduate degree program designed specifically for the undergraduate engineering major. The traditional bachelor of science degree in engineering only requires about one year of university physics. This is not enough time to be exposed to the physics of the 20th century. This becomes a serious deficiency for those engineering students seeking careers in the nanotechnology industry or those pursuing advanced degrees in fields where a solid knowledge of physics is required. The fields of laser technology, optics, semi-conductors, nuclear energy, nanofabrication, and biotechnology all demand applied physics. Illinois Institute of Technology’s Master of Science in Applied Physics is designed to provide the undergraduate engineering major with this fundamental knowledge of physics that they need for a successful career.

For students in the IIT-Paris double degree program, the program can be completed in one calendar year by taking classes in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. For students enrolled in undergraduate engineering on the university's Mies Campus, there is the option of earning a bachelor's in engineering and the Master of Science in Applied Physics in just five years.

A comprehensive examination is required for the degree.


Required Courses (20)
PHYS 405Fundamentals of Quantum Theory I3
PHYS 406Fundamentals of Quantum Theory II3
PHYS 501Methods of Theoretical Physics I3
PHYS 505Electromagnetic Theory3
PHYS 508Analytical Dynamics3
PHYS 515Statistical Mechanics3
Select one of the following colloquia options:2
Option 1
Physics Colloquium1
Physics Colloquium1
Option 2
Physics Colloquium0
Physics Colloquium0
Reading and Special Problems2
Engineering or Physics Electives (12)
Select four courses in consultation with an academic adviser.12
Total Credit Hours32