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What will I learn?

The program of study leading to the degree of Master of Science, while emphasizing continued work in basic physics, permits many options in several applied physics specialties. The program may be considered simply as additional education in areas beyond the bachelor’s level, or as preparatory to doctoral studies in the applied physics fields of plasma physics, laser physics, or solid-state physics.

All degree requirements must be completed within five years. A candidate is required to maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average.

Program Requirements

Specific course requirements for the master’s degree are determined in consultation with the program adviser, but must include four of the six core courses listed below.

Core Courses

APPH E4100: Quantum physics of matter (3 pts)

APPH E4110: Modern optics (3 pts)

APPH E4112: Laser physics (3 pts)

APPH E4200: Physics of fluids (3 pts)

APPH E4300: Applied electrodynamics (3 pts)

APPH E4301: Introduction to plasma physics (3 pts)

The core courses provide a student with a solid foundation in the fundamentals of applied physics, but with the approval of the faculty adviser, other graduate-level courses (4000, 6000, 8000, or 9000-level) with APPH designators not listed below may also count as core courses.

Other Possible Core Courses

APPH E4018: Applied physics laboratory (2 pts)

APPH E6081: Solid-state physics I

APPH E6101: Plasma physics I

APPH E6102: Plasma physics II

M.S. students with an interest in Plasma Physics should take the following courses:

APPH E4018: Applied physics laboratory (2 pts)

APPH E4200: Physics of fluids (3 pts)

APPH E4300: Applied electrodynamics (3 pts)

APPH E6101: Plasma physics I (3 pts)

APPH E6102: Plasma physics II (3 pts)

M.S. students with an interest in Solid State Physics should take the following courses:

APPH E4018: Applied physics laboratory (2 pts)

APPH E4112: Laser physics (3 pts)

ELEN E4301: Introduction to semiconductor devices (3 pts)

ELEN E6331-2: Principles of semiconductor physics I and II (3 pts)

MSAE E4206: Electronic and magnetic properties of solids (3 pts)

or their equivalent for solid state

M.S. students with an interest in Optical Physics should take the following courses:

APPH E4018: Applied physics laboratory (2 pts)

APPH E4100: Quantum physics of matter (3 pts)

APPH E4110: Modern optics (3 pts)

APPH E4112: Laser physics (3 pts)

APPH E6110: Laser interactions with matter (3 pts)

ELEN E9402: Seminar in quantum electronics (3 pts)

or their equivalent for optical physics

Which department am I in?

The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

Study options

Full Time (Variable)

Tuition fees
For MS: USD $48,432 per year; For PhD: USD $2,104 per credit hour
Start date

Expected January, September 2023

Venue

Columbia University

116th Street, 2960 Broadway,

New York,

10027, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements:  The minimum TOEFL score expected is 600 (written) or 250 (computer version).

For international students

Applicant must have bachelor's degree received from an institution of acceptable standing. Ordinarily, the applicant will have majored in the field in which graduate study is intended, but in certain programs preparation in a related field of engineering or science is acceptable. The applicant will be admitted only if the undergraduate record shows promise of productive and effective graduate work.

English Language Requirement

Applicant must have TOEFL score, IELTS score and Pearson Test of English (PTE).

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

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