Binghamton University (S.U.N.Y.)

Harpur College of Arts and Sciences



PO Box 6000

Binghamton, NY 13902

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Graduate Physics Department has the faculty and facilities to help you succeed. Our department provides small classes in the core curriculum of graduate physics, and opportunities for personal contact with instructors. The faculty have a wide range of experience in research, including subjects like materials science, energy storage, computational physics, laser technology, solid state physics, and optical properties of materials, to name only a few. The M.S. in Physics is designed to be a two-year program, generally based upon a research thesis. Our goal is for students to have options upon completion of their degree, either to pursue Ph.D. work or employment in the industry. The Ph.D. in Physics is a four-year program. The Ph.D. is awarded for original investigation leading to a significant advance of knowledge in a specialized area, such as Condensed Matter Physics, Applied Physics, or Materials Science. Our faculty and staff are strongly committed to providing support for every student in their education and research. Elective graduate courses include solid state physics, condensed matter physics/materials science, and more specialized seminars such as electronic thin-film science. Applicants from smaller colleges have been successful in our two-year program which includes integrated undergraduate-graduate quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and special topics courses. We encourage early assimilation of students into faculty-led research groups to provide experience and guidance toward future opportunities. Assistantships are available for full-time graduate students. Generally new students begin with teaching assistantships, though a number of research assistantships are also available. National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowships are also available. Fall funding for graduate applicants will be considered beginning January 15 and continue until positions are filled. Throughout the spring semester we welcome applications and campus visits. Current physics teaching assistantships include a stipend of $18,000 for 9 months, in addition to a tuition waiver. Binghamton area living expenses are significantly less than in larger metropolitan areas. There is also additional summer support. We encourage you to visit the Binghamton University Graduate School website for Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy. You can read faculty and alumni profiles, and learn about the research happening now in our department.


Binghamton University - SUNY is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize Suburb

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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