Physics (B.S.)/Physics (M.S.)

Simultaneously earn a bachelor of science and a master of science in physics in this accelerated master's degree program.

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Illinois Tech is an excellent choice for graduate study in physics as the department is small, collegial, and collaborative. Research is organized into small groups of faculty members, post-doctoral associates, graduate students, and undergraduate students working closely on related projects. Classes are generally small and informal, and thesis research is carried out in close collaboration with the faculty advisers.

Faculty provide personal attention and support. At the same time, Illinois Tech is a major research institution with connections to Argonne National Laboratory, Fermilab, and global physics experiments such as Daya Bay. Major areas of research include particle and accelerator physics, condensed matter physics, superconductivity, biophysics, and computational biophysics. Faculty have special expertise in areas such as XAFS and synchrotrons.

Program Overview

Study and research particle and accelerator physics, condensed matter physics, superconductivity, and computational biophysics. Faculty expertise includes XAFS and synchrotrons. Illinois Tech is a major research institution with connections to Argonne National Laboratory, Fermilab, and global physics experiments such as Daya Bay.

Career Opportunities

Those with graduate degrees in physics are more likely to land jobs as researchers in public and private labs. Physicists are also employed in fields including medicine, energy, renewable energy, transportation, defense, and telecommunications.

  • Acoustic consultant
  • Geophysicist
  • Health care scientist, medical physics
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Radiation protection practitioner
  • Research scientist (physical sciences)
  • Operational researcher

Students applying to the Accelerated Master's Program must have completed at least 60 credit hours of applicable undergraduate study and at least one full semester, or 12 credit hours, at the university.

Students must be at least one full-time semester, or 12 credit hours, away from undergraduate degree completion in order to apply.

Applicants are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0. Please consult individual departments for specific minimum GPA requirements.