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MS Applied Physics

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
2 Years
 Start month
February

 Tuition fee

International
53460 USD
National
53460 USD

Application fee

International 85 USD
National 85 USD
Department
Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
GRE (avg)315
GMAT (avg)715
15

World University Ranking

About this course

The program of study leading to the degree of Master of Science, while emphasizing continued work in basic physics, permits many options in several applied physics specialties. The program may be considered simply as additional education in areas beyond the bachelor’s level, or as preparatory to doctoral studies in the applied physics fields of plasma physics, laser physics, or solid-state physics.

 

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Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Requirements

The basic requirement for admission as a graduate student is the bachelor's degree received from an institution of acceptable standing. Ordinarily, the applicant will have majored in the field in which graduate study is intended, but in certain programs preparation in a related field of engineering or science is acceptable. The applicant will be admitted only if the undergraduate record shows promise of productive and effective graduate work.

The M.S. degree is required for admission into the Ph.D. and Eng.Sc.D. degree programs. A student who holds an appropriate bachelor's degree in engineering may apply for admission for study for either the M.S. only or M.S. leading to Ph.D.

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Course Modules

Program Requirements

Specific course requirements for the master’s degree are determined in consultation with the program adviser, but must include four of the six core courses listed below.

Core Courses

  • APPH E4100: Quantum physics of matter (3 pts)
     
  • APPH E4110: Modern optics (3 pts)
     
  • APPH E4112: Laser physics (3 pts)
  • APPH E4200: Physics of fluids (3 pts)
  • APPH E4300: Applied electrodynamics (3 pts)
     
  • APPH E4301: Introduction to plasma physics (3 pts)


The core courses provide a student with a solid foundation in the fundamentals of applied physics, but with the approval of the faculty adviser, other graduate-level courses (4000, 6000, 8000, or 9000-level) with APPH designators not listed below may also count as core courses.

Other Possible Core Courses

  • APPH E4018: Applied physics laboratory (2 pts)
  • APPH E6081: Solid-state physics I

  • APPH E6101: Plasma physics I

  • APPH E6102: Plasma physics II 


M.S. students with an interest in Plasma Physics should take the following courses:

  • APPH E4018: Applied physics laboratory (2 pts)
     
  • APPH E4200: Physics of fluids (3 pts)
     
  • APPH E4300: Applied electrodynamics (3 pts)
     
  • APPH E6101: Plasma physics I (3 pts)
     
  • APPH E6102: Plasma physics II (3 pts)
     

M.S. students with an interest in Solid State Physics should take the following courses:

  • APPH E4018: Applied physics laboratory (2 pts)
     
  • APPH E4112: Laser physics (3 pts)
     
  • ELEN E4301: Introduction to semiconductor devices (3 pts)
     
  • ELEN E6331-2: Principles of semiconductor physics I and II (3 pts)
     
  • MSAE E4206: Electronic and magnetic properties of solids (3 pts)
     
  • or their equivalent for solid state


M.S. students with an interest in Optical Physics should take the following courses:

  • APPH E4018: Applied physics laboratory (2 pts)
     
  • APPH E4100: Quantum physics of matter (3 pts)
     
  • APPH E4110: Modern optics (3 pts)
     
  • APPH E4112: Laser physics (3 pts)
     
  • APPH E6110: Laser interactions with matter (3 pts)
     
  • ELEN E9402: Seminar in quantum electronics (3 pts)
     
  • or their equivalent for optical physics
     

Elective Courses: In addition to core courses, M.S. students must select elective courses from those listed above or below. These courses can be chosen from other Applied Physics classes or from related academic fields such as Applied Mathematics, Materials Science and Engineering, and Electrical Engineering, subject to the approval of the faculty advisor. Some suggested elective courses include: 
 

Applied Mathematics Elective Courses

  • APMA E4001: Principles of applied mathematics (3 pts)
     
  • APMA E4101: Introduction to nonlinear dynamical systems (3 pts)
     
  • APMA E4200: Partial differential equations (3 pts) 
     
  • APMA E4204: Functions of a complex variable (3 pts)
     
  • APMA E4300: Intro to numerical methods (3 pts)  
     
  • APMA E6302: Numerical analysis of partial differential equations (3 pts)


Electrical Engineering Elective Courses

  • ELEN E4301: Introduction to semiconductor devices (3 pts)
     
  • ELEN E4312: Analog electronic circuits (3 pots)
     
  • ELEN E4321: Digital VLSI circuits (3 pts)
     
  • ELEN E4401: Wave transmission and fiber optics (3 pts)
     
  • ELEN E4815: Random signals and noise (3 pts)
     
  • ELEN E6318: Microwave circuit design (3 pts)
     
  • ELEN E6412: Lightwave devices (3 pts)
     
  • ELEN E6488: Optical interconnects and interconnection networks (3 pts)
     
  • ELEN E4944: Principles of device microfabrication (3 pts)


Other Elective Courses (Mechanical Engineering, & Materials Science)

  • MSAE E4090: Nanotechnology (3 pts)
     
  • MSAE E4202: Thermodynamics and reactions in solids (3 pts)
     
  • MSAE E4206: Electronic and magnetic properties of solids (3 pts)
     
  • MSAE E4215: Mechanical behavior of structural materials (3 pts)
     
  • MSAE E4250: Ceramics and composites (3 pts)
     
  • EEME E4601: Digital control systems (3 pts)
     
  • MECE E6100: Advanced mechanics of fluids (3 pts)
     
  • MECE E6700: Carbon nanotube science and technology (3 pts)

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How to Apply

Application Requirements 
The following materials must accompany the online application:

  • Official transcript copy from every post-secondary institution attended
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test Scores
  • Personal statement
  • Resumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • $85 non-refundable application fee

Additional Requirements 
If you meet the following criteria you must submit additional material(s) as indicated:

  • Applied Physics Doctoral applicants: Official GRE Physics Subject Test Score
  • International applicants or applicants whose undergraduate degree was received in a country in which English is not the official and spoken language must meet the following additional requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) official scores required. An exception is made for applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree or complete a master's degree in the United States before enrollment, in this case the applicant is not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores for admission.
  • Doctoral applicants to Computer Science must send the following documents by postal mail upon submission of the application (applicants to other programs will be asked to provide these documents at a later date):
    1. Official transcript from every post-secondary institution attended, from the institution in a sealed envelope
    2. Official copies of diploma/degree certificates (international students only)
    3. Translation of the official transcript(s) and degree/diploma certificate(s) is required if the institution(s) you attended does not issue transcripts in English. The translation must be conducted by a reputable service provider.  Personal transcript translations will not be accepted.

Candidates should NOT submit copies of awards, financial documentation, or other additional documents that are not required with the applicaiton. Submission of extra documents will not enhance chances of being admitted. Documents submitted will not be returned.

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