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Master of Science in Physics

Academic Experience

The University of Washington Master of Science in Physics program prepares students for a variety of professional careers involving physics, including engineering and teaching.

A Flexible Curriculum

students in labOur program is highly customizable. All students must complete at least three core courses in electromagnetic theory and quantum physics, as well as a final capstone project.

For the remaining coursework, students can use elective courses or independent study courses to design a specialized program of study that meets their personal goals. In past years, students have created specialized tracks in areas such as acoustics, laser physics, mathematical modeling, optics, surface physics, physics instrumentation and physics education. 

Program Format

student on laptopThe Master of Science in Physics is a part-time, 36-credit program. Taking one class a quarter, you can complete the program in three years (36 months). You can take a heavier load of classes if you wish to complete the program in less time.

Most classes meet two evenings a week at the Physics-Astronomy Building on the UW campus. If you’d like, you can attend non-laboratory courses online via videoconferencing software.