Engineering Physics M.Eng. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Applied Physics

Program Description

Graduate study in the field 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.

A professional program leading to the degree of Master of Engineering (Engineering Physics) offers students the opportunity to master advanced topics in physics and extend their skills in their chosen engineering specialties. 

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

Concentrations by Subject

  • engineering physics


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Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall: April 1

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 or IELTS Academic 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

*Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and the difficulty students may have in preparing for and taking the GRE, we are waiving our GRE requirement for the Fall 2023 admissions cycle.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate broad knowledge in the fundamental areas of Applied Physics and advanced knowledge in a sub-discipline.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to acquire skills to plan and organize an independent study project.
  3. Demonstrated the ability to successfully complete an independent study project that contributes to an advance in an area of Engineering Physics.
  4. Demonstrate oral and written communication skills.
  5. Develop a commitment to life-long learning and professional development.