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Physics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #51 (ARWU) , MD,
The University of Maryland’s Physics Graduate Program aims to prepare students for success in multiple career paths by providing a world-class education and research experience. Students are supported financially, professionally, and personally from admission through graduation.


The department strives to promote a sense of community through collaboration among students, faculty, and staff. In addition, graduate students are encouraged to engage in any of the numerous clubs, committees, organizations, and activities available to them through the department and the university.

The graduate program is flexible and designed to allow students to tailor coursework and experiences to their career goals, while preparing them to conduct original research and effectively communicate scientific results. Our 70+ faculty members are committed to providing high-quality instruction in all the major fields of physics to ensure that our students have advanced knowledge of multiple fields.

The Physics Office of Student and Education Services is dedicated to the success and well-being of each and every student. This office supports the personal and professional growth of graduate students by guiding them through the Ph.D. process and providing support, mentoring, and professional development opportunities.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Quantum Physics 
  • Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
  • Advanced Experiments
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism
  • Principles of Modern Physics
  • Properties of Matter
  • Introduction to Sub Atomic Physics
  • Introduction to the Standard Model of Particle Physics
  • Theoretical Dynamics
  • Methods of Statistical Physics
  • Methods of Mathematical Physics
  • Electrodynamics
  • Nonlinear Dynamics of Extended Systems
  • Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 
  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • Non-Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • Graduate application 
  • Transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Additional supporting documents (writing samples, CV/resume)
  • Non-refundable application fee ($75) 

          Tuition Fee

          • International

            1474 USD/credit
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 1474 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
          • National

            683 USD/credit
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 683 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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          *Tuition fee per credit hour

          Living costs for College Park

          • 1676 - 2840 USD/month
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