Master of Physics (M.S.)
Physicists study natural phenomena in the world – everything from the subatomic scale to the vastness of the universe. Because physics is the study of how the world works, it is often considered one of the most fundamental of all the sciences and the reason many graduate students choose to earn a master’s in physics.
Scientific and technological advances in society are in part the result of physicists who work in theoretical analysis (developing ideas and using advanced mathematical and experimental tools to perform validation tests on theories) or in applied research. Graduates develop expertise for this scientific problem solving with a master’s in physics from Florida Tech.
Physicists are found in many aspects of society from space exploration, high tech companies (telecommunications or semiconductors, for example) and research firms to medicine, product development, manufacturing, oil and gas, and more. A master’s in physics can also give students a chance to find an area of interest for specialization such as space physics, astronomy, astrophysics, geophysics or engineering.
Small class sizes allow students in the master’s in physics program to work with professors in a close-knit academic environment. Florida Tech’s professors are experienced researchers who work on research with students in the physics and space sciences department. Program curriculum and faculty research combines to earn Florida Tech recognition from international media organizations including:
- U.S. News & World Report ranks Florida Tech a Tier One Best National University (2013).
- Times of London Higher Education ranks Florida Tech in the top 200 World Universities (2013-2014).
- Fiske Guide ranks Florida Tech as an “Engineering/Top Technical Institutes.”
- Parade Magazine puts Florida Tech on the College A-List in Engineering.
The Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET as well as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredit the university.
Florida Tech designs its master’s in physics program to simulate the environments students will experience on the job. Working with faculty, research fellows and graduate students work in a collaborative environment to develop successful theoretical and research methodologies, as well as advance skills in grant writing.
Graduate students earning a master’s in physics pursue research topics that align with their career goals. The Department of Energy, National Science Foundation and other prestigious scientific organizations fund programs at Florida Tech.
High Tech Facilities
Florida Tech is considered one of the top schools to get a master’s in physics. High-tech facilities in the F. W. Olin Physical Sciences Building include state-of-the-art laboratories, clean and dark rooms, and a 3,000 sq. ft. high bay area and rooftop observatory. The university has a large, staffed machine shop, as well as an electronics facility complete with microelectronics and fiber optics lab.
Florida Tech’s doctorate in physics increases a graduates earning potential over the course of their career, and advances their research experience and potential for a career in academia. For full-time doctoral graduate research assistants, full-pay tuition scholarships are available.
Graduates with a master’s in physics find careers in research, government and industry. Harris Corporation, NASA, Siemens and BP have all hired graduates from Florida Tech. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, jobs in the field of physics are expected to grow 14% by the year 2020. Job openings remain strong in information technology, medicine and engineering. A master’s degree in physics is required for teaching university-level physics or for research in private industry or government laboratories.