Physics, M.A.

School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Program Overview

The study of physics provides a foundation in fundamental science and develops skill sets that are highly valued in virtually every profession. A Master of Arts in physics prepares students for admission to doctoral programs in physics or closely related fields such as astronomy, biophysics, engineering, materials science, and medical physics. For students who do not intend to pursue a doctorate in physics, the program provides a strong background in problem-solving through the application of physics, mathematics, and quantitative reasoning that can be extremely useful in a variety of professions, including business, finance, law, and medicine as well as applied physics. Note: This program is not accepting applicants for 2024–25.

Physics, M.A.

Where You'll Go

Physicists with advanced degrees generally work in universities, government laboratories, or industry. They are frequently engaged in some kind of basic or applied research.

Program Details

The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023-2024 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.

Program Description

The study of physics provides a foundation in fundamental science and develops skill sets that are highly valued in virtually every profession. The M.A. in physics program prepares students for admission to doctoral programs in physics or closely related fields such as astronomy, biophysics, medical physics, materials science, and engineering. For students who do not intend to pursue a doctorate in physics, the program provides a strong background in problem-solving through the application of physics, mathematics, and quantitative reasoning that can be extremely useful in a variety of professions, including business, finance, law, and medicine as well as applied physics. For all students, the program also affords an opportunity to gain research experience.

This sequence is the traditional course of study intended for students who are likely to continue on to the Ph.D. degree in physics.

Matriculation Requirements

Applicants must offer at least 12 credits in physics beyond general physics and at least nine credits in mathematics beyond elementary integral calculus.

General matriculation and admission requirements of Graduate Studies are in the section “Admission.”

Program Requirements (36 Credits)

Thirty credits are required for the degree, 18 of which (60%) must be completed at Brooklyn College.

Students must complete 22 credits in courses in the Physics Department. The following courses are required: Physics 7210X, 7310X, 7350X, 7410X, and 7710X. In exceptional cases, the graduate physics committee may waive required courses or prerequisites.

With permission of the committee, the remaining credits required for the degree may be in courses in any department.

Students must pass a comprehensive examination or submit a thesis, the choice to be made in consultation with the deputy chairperson. The first doctoral examination of the CUNY Ph.D. program may be substituted for the comprehensive examination. Students who choose to write a thesis must take a course or courses in the series Physics 7110G–7120G. No more than four credits in this series may be offered toward the degree. Information about requirements for the comprehensive examination and thesis is in the section “Academic Regulations and Procedures.”

Graduate courses in the Physics Department offered toward the degree must be 7000-level courses.

The program of study must be approved by the Graduate Physics Committee.

Admissions Requirements

This program is not accepting applicants for 2024–25.

Contact

Nicolas Giovambattista

ngiovambattista@brooklyn.cuny.edu
718.951.5418
3438 Ingersoll Hall

Or contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions

222 West Quad Center
2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210
P: 718.951.4536
E: grads@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Office Hours

Mondays–Fridays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

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Internships and Employers

Through job fairs, the internship database, and internship panels, the Magner Career Center gives students in the physics M.A. program access to internships at a variety of companies.

Brooklyn College physics alumni have found employment with many organizations, including:

  • Amazon
  • Boeing
  • Circle Bank, Inc.
  • Clark University
  • Edeson Environmental
  • IBM
  • MetroPlus Health Plan
  • National Diagnostic Services
  • New York City College of Technology (CUNY)
  • New York City Department of Education
  • New York Methodist Hospital
  • Princeton University
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Weill Cornell School of Medicine

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