402 N. Blackford St. , LD154, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202, United States of America

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

402 N. Blackford St. , LD154, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202, United States of America


At IUPUI, you’ll be a part of small classes and an interactive learning environment with challenging material and lab work. We’re not a big department, so you’ll get personal attention as you join a tight-knit group of students and faculty.

The Department of Physics at IUPUI offers graduate programs leading to Purdue University Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. The Department has a flexible program of graduate study that can easily accommodate students with a wide variety of goals and backgrounds.

Areas of active research within the Department include, biological physics, optical physics, condensed matter physics, and physics education. Interdisciplinary research is common. Strong collaborations exist between our faculty and members of other departments of the School of Science, and with the School of Medicine, School of Engineering and Technology and the School of Informatics.

Our Department also hosts the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Center and is a co-host of the School of Science Nanoscale Imaging Center.

Program Requirements

Both thesis and non-thesis master's programs are available. For each program, the student must complete 30 credit hours and maintain a grade point average of 2.7. Twenty-four credit hours must be in physics/biophysics and 6 hours in mathematics. For the thesis master's program, 6 of the 24 hours are satisfied by completing the thesis. All students must pass a qualifying examination early in their program and an oral examination at the completion of their program. The minimum residence requirement is two semesters of full-time work or the equivalent in credits.

Qualified students may pursue the Ph.D. degree at IUPUI in areas in which a program has been arranged with Purdue University-West Lafayette. Students are usually expected to complete an M.S. degree before pursuing the Ph.D. degree. Currently, a Ph.D. program is available in the areas of biological physics, optics, and materials science.
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Recommended
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

The members of the Department take pride in its collegiality. Our professors encourage students to meet with them often for discussions. Office doors are mostly open. There is a graduate student-run seminar series at which students present their results. To facilitate the exchange of ideas and information, faculty is precluded from attending the series. Every Friday, all members in the Department (undergraduate, graduates, postdocs, and faculty) are invited to get together and have informal discussions about different topics in physics. One Friday per month, all members in the Department go out for a very informal dinner, or to play pool, etc. The same atmosphere can be found at the departmental fall picnic and end of year luncheon. Students in the Department usually have intramural teams for soccer and basketball.