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Physics (MS)

Physics (MS)
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Advance scientific knowledge and your career

Build upon the laws of nature with DePaul’s MS in Physics, designed for students pursuing doctoral studies as well as practicing scientists and engineers. You’ll study classical and quantum mechanics and complete elective courses such as cosmology and laser physics. Your degree will help you further your knowledge and career in science.

Classes are offered on the Lincoln Park Campus in the evenings and the program and can be completed in two years.

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A program rich with research opportunities

Students in our MS in Physics program have conducted research at our on-campus labs and off campus at Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. You’ll also have opportunities to research alongside faculty at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.

Application Deadlines

Completed applications will be reviewed beginning May 1.

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, two letters of recommendation, GRE scores and official transcripts.

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Required Courses

You’ll complete five core classes, six electives and a thesis.

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of Physics graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.

Committed mentors and forward-thinkers

Associate Professor Gabriela González Avilés studies the atomic-scale structures of crystalline and amorphous materials, which are used in bone implants, rechargeable batteries, flat-panel displays and solar cells. Her National Science Foundation-funded research experiments are conducted at the Advanced Photon Source of Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

“The Physics master’s program at DePaul is a great place to help you achieve whatever goals you have. My experience working with AIPS and CASA, as well as my summer internship working at the Very Large Array in New Mexico, gave me the skills required for my current position. I am working on research in radio astronomy and taking advanced astronomy courses for my PhD. I never would have had these opportunities if I hadn’t worked with my advisor.”

Nycole (MS ’21)

PhD Student at Northwestern University
Nycole, Physics MS alum 

Alumni Network

Alumni of our MS in Physics program work in the scientific industry and are enrolled in or serve as faculty members at universities across the country. You’ll benefit from these alumni connections as well as the larger network of more than 201,000 DePaul alumni.


Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Science and Health at (773) 325-7315 or

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