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Master of Science in Applied Physics

  • 32 credit hours
  • Comprehensive examination

The Master of Science in Applied Physics is a rigorous graduate degree program designed specifically for the undergraduate engineering major. The traditional Bachelor of Science degree in engineering only requires about one year of university physics. This is not enough time to be exposed to the physics of the 20th century. This becomes a serious deficiency for those engineering students seeking careers in the nanotechnology industry or those pursuing advanced degrees in fields where a solid knowledge of physics is required. The fields of laser technology, optics, semi-conductors, nuclear energy, nanofabrication, and biotechnology all demand applied physics. IIT’s Master of Science in Applied Physics is designed to provide the undergraduate engineering major with this fundamental knowledge of physics that they need for a successful career.

For students in the IIT-Paris double degree program, the program can be completed in one calendar year by taking classes in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. For students enrolled in undergraduate engineering on IIT’s main campus, there is the option of earning a Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Science in Applied Physics in just five years through a co-terminal degree program.

Required Courses

  • PHYS 405 Fundamentals of Quantum Theory I
  • PHYS 406 Fundamentals of Quantum Theory II
  • PHYS 501 Methods of Theoretical Physics I
  • PHYS 505 Electromagnetic Theory
  • PHYS 508 Analytical Dynamics
  • PHYS 515 Statistical Mechanics


  • PHYS 585 Physics Colloquium (taken twice)


  • PHYS 685 Physics Colloquium (taken twice)


  • PHYS 597 Reading and Special Problems

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Engineering or Physics Electives

(12 credit hours)

Four courses selected in consultation with the academic advisor may be used for elective credits. At least two of these courses must be from an engineering discipline.