M.S. in Physics, Ph.D.
The Brandeis University Martin A. Fisher School of Physics has an international reputation for excellence in research. Graduate students in the department are engaged in a wide variety of research programs, ranging from biophysics to particle physics, microfluidics to radio astronomy to string theory. The department also runs a major National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center in bioinspired soft materials.
Graduate study at Brandeis is characterized by a low student-to-faculty ratio. Students enjoy ample opportunity for personal interaction with instructors in the classroom and laboratory and with advisers to guide their doctoral research. The curriculum provides maximum flexibility and opportunity to make a well-informed choice of research field, while minimizing the time required for students to get immersed in their fields once the choice has been made.
Numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary studies are available to graduate students. Students can decide to enroll in the HHMI foundation-supported Quantitative Biology program, which offers Ph.D. students an additional area of specialization. Furthermore, entering graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply for the competitive NSF IGERT program, "Geometry and Dynamics." This is a program oriented towards theorists, whose goal is to train a group of young scientists to apply a set of common mathematical concepts and techniques to problems across mathematics, natural and social sciences-- from string theory to neuroscience to economics.
The Boston area is also one of the world's major centers of research in physics. During the academic year, there are several colloquia and specialized seminars daily at area universities, including Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, and Tufts University. All these schools are within 30 minutes of the Brandeis campus.
Generous scholarships and fellowships are available. Successful applicants to the Ph.D. programs are offered full tuition waivers, a stipend, and health insurance allowance.