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Masters Program

Masters Program

The physics department offers an MA degree in physics whichis designed to be versatile so that it will be useful to students with differentobjectives. A Masters degree in Physics is a useful preparation for careers infields such as education, scientific computer programming, industrial research,medicine, patent law, forensic science, business and other fields which require a strong scientific background.

The MA program in physics requires 30 credits, which maytransferred as the first 30 credits of doctoral work. There are 5 required courses, 17 credits, which cover the basic branches of modern physics: Mathematical Methods, Analytical Dynamics, Electromagnetic theory, Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Physics. A student may select the remaining credits to form an individual program appropriate for his specific needs. Additional specialized courses are given at the graduate center of CUNY. Courses offered by the Mathematics and other departments may be taken, subject to the approval of the graduate Physics committee. Students are encouraged to participate in ongoing research, which may comprise up to 12 credits. A partial list of research activities at Queens College, includes: development of high coercivity magnetic materials, properties of surfaces, development of sophisticated diagnostic techniques for surfaces, studies of photonic band gaps and photon localization, theoretical studies of wave propagation in random media, critical phenomena at phase transitions, elementary particles, general relativity.

Entry requirements: BS degree with a minimum of 16 credits beyond the introductory college course and 6 credits in Mathematics beyond elementary calculus. Students who have majored in a related subject, e.g. some engineering, technology, mathematics and applied science degrees, may be admitted to the program conditionally with the requirement that they fill in any gaps in their physics background by taking the relevant physics major courses before certain Masters courses.


Combined B.A.-M.A. Program

Undergraduate students who wish to be considered for the combined B.A.-M.A.program may apply in their junior or senior year if they have an average of at least 3.5 in the Physics major courses. Students interested in this option should consult the Masters advisor.
  • Undergraduate courses: All the required courses for a physics major must be taken.
  • Graduate courses: All the requirements for a M. S. degree in Physics must also be met.