What will I learn?

The Physics Department offers the MS degree in Applied Physics. The program is flexible enough to accommodate students planning on continuing graduate studies in applied physics, physics, or an
interdisciplinary field, as well as students intending to enter the work force.

Targeted and Traditional Emphasis

Entering students can to choose to follow a targeted applied physics emphasis or a traditional applied physics emphasis for their degree. Students who choose a targeted emphasis are those preparing for a career which targets specific areas of applied physics such as:

  • Materials Science
  • Optics
  • Acoustics
  • Geophysics

Interdisciplinary Areas

Students may also work in interdisciplinary areas. This emphasis selection provides excellent preparation for interdisciplinary doctoral studies. Entering students choosing this emphasis are not necessarily expected to have completed all the courses that an undergraduate physics major takes, but they should have a good grounding in classical physics or be willing to make up deficiencies. Interdisciplinary areas include:

  • computational physics (scientific computing)
  • biophysics
  • chemical physics
  • physical oceanography
  • engineering physics

Which department am I in?

College of Sciences

Study options

Full Time (24 hours)

Tuition fees
$13,678.00 (10,16,196) per year
I-20 Amounts: USD $15,797

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected July, October 2022

Start date

26 January 2022


College of Sciences

1100 Science Building, University of New Orleans,

2000 Lakeshore Drive,



70148, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a GPA for Thesis option - grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and for non-thesis option - GPA of 3.0 is preferred.

For international students

The student should have successfully completed a baccalaureate degree program at a university or college approved by a recognized accrediting agency. The student’s record should indicate a high level of performance and promise, particularly in the field of physics.

Minimum TOEFL score (composite) is 79 iBT (internet) or 550 paper-based.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Overall band score of 6.5; PTE (Pearson Tests of English) Academic score of 58; IELP Intensive English Language Program: Satisfactory completion of the Intensive English Language Program at UNO; Minimum Scores on IELP Test: Listening Comprehension: 70; Grammar/Reading/Vocabulary: 63; Writing/Composition: 75.

Application Deadlines: Spring Admission: October 15; Fall Admission: July 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The University of New Orleans

Based in Louisiana, USA the institution prides itself on providing a high level of education that is accessible to everyone.

  • Multicultural and diverse university
  • Based in the vibrant city of New Orleans
  • Financial assistance for 77% of students
  • Develops work-ready graduates