Cornell University

School of Applied and Engineering Physics

Applied Physics


410 Thurston Ave

Ithaca, NY 14850

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S.; M.Eng., Ph.D.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Graduate study in the field offers the opportunity to achieve proficiency in physics, mathematics, and applied science. Applied physics is particularly suitable for students preparing for a scientific career in an area of applied science based on principles and techniques of physics.

A student may choose for specialization and thesis or dissertation research any subject compatible with an approach based on the application of principles of physics and mathematics. Current areas of advanced study and research include applied theoretical physics, biophysics, chemical physics, cryogenics, physics of fluids, nuclear and reactor physics, optics, laser physics, plasma physics, radiation and matter, solid-state physics and materials science, space physics, and surface physics. Additional details about current programs are given in brochures available on request.

After three semesters of graduate study, students in the Ph.D. program take a written qualifying examination covering the core course program. This exam is in addition to those required by the Graduate School.

A professional program leading to the degree of Master of Engineering (Engineering Physics) offers students the opportunity to master advanced topics in physics and extend their skills in their chosen engineering specialties.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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