Applied Physics, M.S. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Program Description

 Graduate study in the field of Applied Physics offers the opportunity to achieve proficiency in physics, mathematics, and applied science. Applied Physics is particularly suitable for students preparing for a scientific career in an area of applied science based on principles and techniques of physics.

A student may choose for specialization and thesis or dissertation research any subject compatible with an approach based on the application of principles of physics and mathematics. Current areas of advanced study and research include applied theoretical physics, biophysics, chemical physics, physics of fluids, nuclear and reactor physics, optics, laser physics, plasma physics, solid-state physics, nano-science, and space physics.

The two-year Master of Science program offers advanced study and training in three disciplines: Optics, Nanotechnology, and Biotechnology. These programs provide valuable training and research and design project experience.

Additional details about the Applied physics graduate programs are on the website,




Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-0638

212 Clark Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-2501

Concentrations by Subject

  • applied physics


2017-2018: $29,500

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall: May 15

Requirements Summary:

Applicants should have undergraduate preparation in physics or another physical science or in an engineering field with a strong emphasis on mathematics and modern physics. Applicants must submit GRE general test scores, and are advised to submit scores on the GRE physics subject test and the GRE writing assessment.

All Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants

  • two recommendations
  • GRE general test 
  • TOEFL minimum score of IBT Exam: Listening - 15; Writing - 20; Reading - 20; Speaking 22


List of Core Learning Outcomes

  • Broad knowledge in the fundamental areas of Applied Physics and advanced
  • theoretical knowledge and experimental training in a subdiscipline
  • Demonstrate the ability to acquire skills to plan and organize a research or
    design project
  • Demonstrate the ability to successfully complete a research or design project that advances an area of Applied Physics
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication skillsDevelop a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development

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