Master of Science in Applied Physics

The program is for students with an undergraduate degree in physics, applied physics or engineering who wish to apply physics to optical science, microelectronics, device physics, materials science, surface science, laser physics, solar phenomena, and other related areas.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor's degree in physics, applied physics, or related areas from an accredited institution is required. An undergraduate GPA above 3.0 is required. Students must submit GRE (general test) scores. In addition, applicants are required to provide letters of recommendation from their previous academic institutions. Students for whom English is not their native language are required to have TOEFL scores no lower than 550.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 degree credits; (600 or 700 level), including a 6-credit thesis or a 3-credit project is required. Of the 30 credits, 18 must be physics courses (including 3 credits of mathematical physics or applied mathematics). The remaining 12 to 15 credits are elective courses.


In addition to the minimum 30 degree credits required, all students who receive departmental or research-based awards must enroll each semester in Phys 791/26:755:791 (Applied Physics Seminar).  For more details please see the Rutgers Catalog.



  • Advanced Classical Mechanics (Phys 611/26:755:611) 3.0
  • Classical Electrodynamics (Phys 621/26:755:621) 3.0
  • Quantum Mechanics (Phys 631/26:755:631) 3.0
  • Statistical Mechanics (Phys 641/26:755:641) 3.0


Project or Thesis (required)

  • Master's Project (Phys 700/26:755:700) 3.0


  • Master's Thesis (Phys 701/26:755:701 ) 6.0



12 credits if completing a master's thesis; 15 credits if completing a master's project: Selected in consultation with a graduate advisor.