George Mason University is the largest public research university in Northern Virginia and is located right outside of Washington DC. The Department of Physics and Astronomy has strong collaborations with national research institutions in the region.

George Mason University's Department of Physics and Astronomy has dynamic faculty doing cutting-edge research in a wide range of topics including: applied fluid and solid mechanics, astrophysics, atomic/molecular/optical physics, biological physics, exoplanetary and planetary sciences, high energy physics, materials physics, physics education, space sciences, and theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics, offering our students an enriching and engaging learning atmosphere with a strong focus on hands-on research and intellectual exploration.

Students in our program work directly with our award-winning faculty to publish research in internationally renowned journals, present at national and international conferences, and develop the technical and critical inquiry skills necessary for addressing the scientific challenges of tomorrow. George Mason’s proximity to Washington DC also offers students access to all of the historical and cultural experiences of the Nation’s capital within only a short metro ride.

Program Requirements

The MS degree program offers four concentrations: (1) Standard, (2) Engineering Physics, (3) Applied Physics, and (4) Quantum Information Science and Engineering. Each requires 30 credits, which may include the MS Thesis option if desired. For students with a previously earned master's degree, the required 30 credits may be reduced by up to 12 credits.

The PhD degree program has two concentrations: Standard and Engineering Physics. Both require 72 credits: (1) 12 credits of core courses; (2) 6 credits of Required Electives; (3) 3 credits of Seminar; (4) 27 credits of General Electives (may include preliminary research and directed reading and research credits); and (5) 24 credits of Dissertation Research. For students with a previously earned master's degree, the required 72 credits may be reduced by up to 30 credits.
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required