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The Department of Physics at DePaul University offers a Master of Science in Physics. This program is designed for students preparing for doctoral work and for practicing scientists and engineers interested in an advanced degree. Courses are offered in the evenings, so students can obtain a degree while working full-time.

The graduate program requires a minimum of 44 quarter hours of graduate credit (11 courses).  These include a required core of graduate physics courses in Classical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, and Computational Physics.  Elective graduate course offerings might include Cosmology, Laser Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, or Biophysics (among others).  In addition, each graduate student is required to complete an independent research project with a department faculty member and write and defend a thesis based on this work.  Faculty research descriptions may be found using the link on the left.  Some students conduct all or part of their thesis research at off-campus facilities such as Argonne's Advanced Photon Source, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, or the Loyola University Medical Center. 

Recent graduates have taken jobs in industry or entered PhD programs at major universities, such as the University of Denver; the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; the University of Arizona; Florida State University; the University of New Mexico; the University of Montana; the University of California, Santa Barbara; and the University of California, Davis.

Further information about teaching assistantships may be found under Student Resources​.

Learn about Admission to the program.​​​