Northeastern University

College of Science



School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Suite 103

Boston, MA 02115

United States




617- 373-8890

Program Information

Degree Offered:

M.S.- Physics, Ph.D.- Physics

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Graduate students in the Physics Department at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts engage in scholarship and research with internationally recognized faculty members within a hub of high tech research centers and government laboratories that bring a flow of well-known scholars into the department's seminars and colloquia. Graduate students have access to state-of-the-art facilities both within the department and at affiliated research laboratories. The department offers both a full-time and part-time Master of Science (MS) program as well as a full-time PhD program. Graduate students can complete experimental or theoretical programs in biological physics, medical physics, elementary and particle physics, condensed matter or nanophysics, and network science. Flexible MS Programs for Full-Time Students and Working Professionals The Physics Department at Northeastern University offers a 32 semester hour Master of Science (MS) degree for full-time and part-time graduate students. Students can choose between 2 options: a standard physics MS with or without a thesis, in which the thesis replaces 8 semester hours of coursework; or an MS degree with a concentration in materials physics, engineering physics, biophysics, applied physics, chemical physics, mathematical physics, or computational physics. A Rigorous Physics Doctoral Program The Physics Department also offers a 5-year full-time PhD program in Physics with concentrations in subfields, such as condensed matter physics, elementary particle physics, and biological physics. Students complete a qualifying exam, required coursework, a preliminary research seminar, a dissertation, and a dissertation defense. Doctoral students qualify for research and teaching assistantships cover tuition, medical coverage, and a generous stipend. The elementary particle theory group in the Physics Department at Northeastern initiated the PArticles, Strings and COSmology (PASCOS) conferences which drew such well-regarded participants as Stephen Hawking. The group also initiated the SUperSYmmetry and Unification of Fundamental Interactions (SUSY) conference series in 1993, originally at Northeastern, but which since has been held at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), the Ecole Polytechnique (Paris), the Fermilab, CERN, and other prominent locations. Other groups within the department have also organized a variety of National and International scientific meetings. State-of-the Art Research Facilities The Egan Engineering/Science Research Center has semiconductor, molecular biophysics, and new materials science laboratories. These labs include a broad range of spectroscopic instrumentation spanning the electromagnetic spectrum, Fourier transform interferometers, a 14 Tesla superconducting magnet, a SQUID magnetometer, an MBE for crystal growth, an Ultrahigh Vacuum, Scanning Electron Microscopy, and other state-of-the-art equipment. The department also houses laboratories, a large machine shop, and conference rooms, and offices at the Dana Research Center. In addition, graduate students and faculty conduct research at large scale centers such as the Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina, Fermilab, CERN, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Brookhaven National Laboratories, and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. Wide-Ranging Research Graduate students and faculty members conduct wide-ranging research, bringing them to the forefront of research in many fields. In the field of experimental condensed matter, faculty members are investigating nanomagnetism, nanotechnology, nanoparticle synthesis, spintronics, superconductors, semiconductors, ferromagnets, left-handed metamaterials, mesoscopic physics, and quantum chaos. Theoretical condensed matter research is carried out in close cooperation with experimental condensed matter physics and molecular biophysics. Molecular biophysics researchers are exploring the structure and function of macromolecules, focusing on heme-containing molecules, green fluorescent protein, ribosome activity, and DNA-protein interactions. Researchers in elementary particle physics have created models, such as the SUGRA models, to overcome the limitations of the standards model of the strong and electro-weak interactions. Northeastern physics faculty members and graduate students are also involved in experimental high-energy physics at Fermilab, CERN, and the Pierre Auger Observatory. In addition, the Physics Department is strongly connected to the Center for Complex Network Research, which explores complex networks in metabolism, genetics, ecology, and other systems.


New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid Description: Yes, all students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance when they apply for admission. Please speak to an Enrollment Advisor for more information.

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: All students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance when they apply for admission. Federal, state, University scholarship programs, and payment options are available.

Locale: Large City