Rice University

School of Natural Sciences

Professional Master's Degree in Nanoscale Physics


P.O. Box 1892, MS 103

P.O. Box 1892

Houston, TX 77252

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Professional Master's Degree in Nanoscale Physics

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This 21-month non-thesis program includes graduate level study of nanostructures and nanotechnology, education in management and communication, and a 3 to 6-month internship. The objective is to train business-savvy, scientifically trained leaders in the field of nanotechnology.  

The Nanoscale Physics program prepares students for a career in nanoscience by combining a strong component in quantum theory, which governs the behavior of systems at the nanoscale, with the study of practical nano- and mesoscale devices. This provides the student with the knowledge required to successfully navigate the emerging field of nanoscale science and nanotechnology.  In addition, a year-long course in methods of experimental physics is offered to ensure that students obtain the advanced practical skills valuable to the nanotechnology industry.

Students can focus on areas such as Nano-Bio, Material Science, Nano-Photonics and Nano-Optics.

Rice is a well-established center for nanotechnology, with researchers active in several departments outside the physics core. The Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology includes among its faculty Nobel Laureate R. Curl, as well as esteemed faculty from the physics and astronomy, chemistry, electrical and computer engineering, civil and environmental engineering, chemical engineering, bioengineering, computational and applied math, and mechanical engineering and materials science departments. It focuses on interdisciplinary studies in many areas of nanoscale science including carbon nanotubes, nanoshells, and nanobiology.

The Center for Biological and Environmental Nanoscience (CBEN) at Rice fosters the development of this field through an integrated set of programs that aim to address the scientific, technological, environmental, human resource, commercialization, and societal barriers that hinder the transition from nanoscience to nanotechnology.  The Center's research focuses on investigating and developing nanoscience at the "wet/dry" interface.

Faculty members involved in the Professional M.S in Nanoscale Physics Program include:

F. Barry Dunning, Track Director, Physics and Astronomy
Douglas A. Natelson, Track Advisor Physics and Astronomy
Andrew R. Barron, Chemistry
Mary Purugganan/Liz Eich, PSM Professional Communication
Jason H. Hafner, Physics and Astronom
Thomas C. Killian, Chair, Physics and Astronomy
Dan Carson, Dean of Natural Sciences
Frank R. Toffoletto, Physics and Astronomy


-Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Inc. International Association for Management Education (AACSB); Texas Education Agency

International Student Requirements:

GRE and TOEFL scores

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 40

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1400

In State Tuition (per year): 28000 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 28000 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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