Applied Physics (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Applied Physics from Illinois Tech strengthens engineers’ knowledge of physics and physical systems in order to become more competitive in the job market.

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The M.S. in applied physics investigates the kind of physics needed in today’s laser, optics, nanotechnology, semiconductor, and other fields. Wherever fields are advancing—from gate technology used in the advancement of flash drives and solid state drives, to laser technology for the next Playstation, to nanofabrication–knowledge in applied physics is needed. The program also is an option for high school or college physics teachers who want to earn their master’s degree in applied physics.

Build your knowledge of quantum physics, optics, laser physics, physics of fluids, applied electrodynamics, and other areas. Coursework helps build problem-solving, quantitative, and analytic skills, which impress employers and open career opportunities.

Program Overview

The M.S. in applied physics investigates the kind of physics needed in today’s laser, optics, nanotechnology, semiconductor, and other fields. Coursework helps build problem-solving, quantitative, and analytic skills, which impress employers and open career opportunities.

Career Opportunities

Applied physicists use physics or conduct physics research to develop new technologies or solve engineering problems.

  • Medical physicist
  • Aerospace engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Materials scientist
  • Computer programmer

A bachelor’s degree is required with an overall GPA of 3.0/4.0.

GRE scores: 292 (159 quantitative + verbal), 3.0 analytic writing