About

The College of Science physics program equips you with what we know about our universe — theories on matter, the forces, space, and time — so you can reach into the unknown and answer the question… why?

Northeastern Physics students value their experiences in a variety of work settings ranging from research and technical positions in corporations to research assistantships in cutting edge labs on campus or abroad. Our signature co-op experience provides a great opportunity to strengthen technical and professional skills.

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Program Requirements

Master's:
Thirty-two semester hours, of which 24 are in specific courses, and a minimum grade average of B are required. Time in residence is not stipulated.
Foreign languages and comprehensive and/or qualifying examination are not required.
Some options include a standard M.S. with/without an M.S. thesis or an M.S. with a concentration in applied physics, engineering physics, chemical physics, biophysics, materials physics, mathematical physics, or computational physics.

Doctorate:
Forty-two semester hours and a minimum grade average of B are required. Time in residence is one year after the qualifying examination. Foreign languages are not required. A qualifying examination is required after completion of one year of graduate courses. A thesis is required. M.S. degree may be earned while qualifying for Ph.D. degree.
GRE Requirements: Not Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Recommended
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

The Department of Physics at Northeastern University provides opportunities for graduate students to engage in research and scholarship under the direction of an internationally recognized faculty. Students have a choice of programs in advanced theoretical or experimental research in condensed matter physics, biological physics, medical physics, or elementary and particle physics.