Applied and Engineering Physics, MS
Study elements of traditional physics programs and the application of physics to a diversity of critical societal problems in a program compatible with ongoing employment at local high-technology organizations
- New: Quantum Information Science and Engineering Concentration with internship opportunities and preparation for this rapidly growing next generation workforce.
- Choose from four concentrations: Standard, Engineering Physics, Applied Physics, or Quantum Information Science and Engineering.
- Many courses are offered during late afternoon or evening hours to allow students with full-time employment to easily attend
- Students employed at area high-technology organizations may take up to 6 credits (out of 30) for work done on the job under the guidance of a faculty member.
Review admission and course requirements for this degree:
Individuals holding a baccalaureate degree in physics or a related field from a regionally accredited institution and who have earned a GPA of 3.00 (out of 4.00) in their last 60 credits are invited to apply for admission. If the baccalaureate degree is in a field other than physics, applicants should have taken several courses beyond the introductory physics courses, such as junior-level classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, or electronics. Applicants may be required to make up one or two deficiencies, based on a graduate physics advisor's assessment, and be provisionally admitted into the program. Three letters of recommendation must be submitted, preferably from former professors. The general GRE and the GRE subject test in physics are recommended for applicants who received their baccalaureate degrees within the past five years.
Students may elect to complete the degree with one of the concentrations below.
Standard ConcentrationView in Course Catalog
Engineering Physics ConcentrationView in Course Catalog
Applied Physics ConcentrationView in Course Catalog
Quantum Information Science and Engineering Concentration
This concentration prepares students for the quantum information workforce through study of physics and courses across mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering as appropriate for their career plans in this multidisciplinary field. Total credits: 15
Core Course (3 credits)
Select a focus area and choose one course therein:
Focus Area: Software
PHYS 736 Computational Quantum Mechanics
MATH 621 Algebra I
MATH 641 Combinatorics and Graph Theory
MATH 674 Stochastic Differential Equations
CS 583 Analysis of Algorithms
CS 587 Introduction to Cryptography
CS 600 Theory of Computation
CS 630 Advanced Algorithms
CS 747 Deep Learning
ECE 508 Internet of Things
ECE 646 Applied Cryptography
ECE 699 Advanced Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
ECE 746 Advanced Applied Cryptography
ECE 747 Cryptographic Engineering
Focus Area: Hardware
PHYS 512 Solid State Physics and Applications
PHYS 533 Modern Instrumentation
PHYS 611 Electro-optics
PHYS 784 Quantum Mechanics II
CHEM 579 Special Topics
CHEM 736 Computational Quantum Mechanics
ECE 685 Nanoelectronics
ME 754 Introduction to Nano-Materials
Research Project (3 credits)
Students in the QISE concentration are expected to gain hands-on experience either through an industry internship, externship research experience in a collaborating research laboratory, or research experience in a Mason research laboratory.
PHYS 798 Research Project
General Electives (9 credits)
Select 9 credits of graduate-level science and engineering courses approved by an academic advisor.
- Courses must be approved by an advisor.
- Students may take PHYS 796 Directed Reading as a general elective. Up to 6 credits of PHYS 799 Master'sThesis may be taken as general electives by students who would like a thesis option in addition to the research project.
In preparation for this option, the student must form a committee comprising a chair and two other faculty members.
The student completes a thesis under the direction of the committee chair. The thesis work is typically completed while students are registered for 6 credits of PHYS 799 Master's Thesis. A thesis proposal and thesis are submitted in accordance with AP.6 Graduate Policies. The student must give an oral defense of the thesis to the committee and the George Mason University community at large. Students are expected to respond to questions on the thesis and related material. The committee determines whether the defense is satisfactory.