Master of Science in Applied Physics Program By University of Oregon |Top Universities

Master of Science in Applied Physics

Master of Science in Applied Physics

  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
  • Study Level Masters
  • Duration 24 months

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Physics, the most basic of the natural sciences, is concerned with the discovery and development of the laws that describe our physical universe. This endeavor serves, also, to directly benefit humankind: integrated circuits found in computers, mobile phones, and solar cells, lasers in DVD players and computer mice, and the Internet itself were developed from fundamental physics discoveries. Current research areas include astronomy and astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, elementary particle physics, and optical physics. The interdisciplinary Institute of Theoretical Science houses theoretical research in some of the above areas as well as in areas of overlap between chemistry and physics. The Center for High Energy Physics conducts research in particle physics, much of it in laboratories outside Oregon. The Materials Science Institute and the Oregon Center for Optics provide facilities, support, and research guidance for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the interdisciplinary application of concepts and techniques from both physics and chemistry to understanding physical systems. Cooperative programs of study are possible in molecular biology through the Institute of Molecular Biology. The applied physics master’s program leads to a professional MS degree, an alternative to the research-based PhD. It is designed to serve physics students whose primary interests lie in applied research and development rather than in basic research. An important component of this degree program is the industrial internship. These internships in local and regional industries are designed to enhance the ability of physics graduates to obtain good jobs after graduation. Qualified students can complete this program in one year. Students must apply via the Materials Science Institute for admission to the industrial internship program, which is a prerequisite for admission to the master’s program in applied physics.