24 months
671 USD/credit 15097 USD/year
671 USD/credit 15097 USD/year
444 USD/credit 9990 USD/year
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The M.A. and M.S. Physics programs at Portland State University are designed to further the development of the student as a professional physicist.The Physics Department Seminar Series is an exciting lecture event featuring guest speakers and experts from around the country!  

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Specific Physics programs at Portland State University designed to meet the needs of the individual student are planned in consultation with the graduate advisors. In addition to the general university regulations governing master's degree programs, the Department of Physics has requirements designed to assure both the faculty and the student that s/he possesses the ability and experience expected of a master's candidate by the scientific community.

It is expected that a student with a baccalaureate degree in physics will be able to complete the degree in two years. This assumes that s/he is a full-time student and holds a graduate teaching assistantship during the entire two years.The graduate student should be aware that continuation as a teaching assistant at any point in the program is not guaranteed. Such assistantship can be continued for up to a maximum of two years, based on the student's demonstrated progress in the program, among other factors. 

Completion of Program

The awarding of a degree during a specific term involves the following steps, which must be met by certain deadlines.

  • Apply for graduation by the term deadline
  • For master’s students completing a thesis, the following is required:
  • Submission of the completed thesis to the DC at least two weeks prior to the defense
  • Passing the thesis defense by the term deadline
  • Completing all thesis revisions to the satisfaction of the DC prior to the term deadline
  • Ensuring that you have met all M.S. degree requirements
  • Completing the ETD formatting and submission process
  • For master’s students completing PH 504 Cooperative Ed./Internship or PH 506 Special Projects, the following is required:
  • Passing the presentation defense prior to the end of the term
  • Ensuring that you have met all M.S. degree requirements

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Electrodynamics
  • Classical Mechanics 
  • Statistical Mechanics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Name, contact information, and some personal details.
  • Choice of program. Under the 'College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' choose Applied Physics, PhD; Physics, MA; or Physics, MS and select term.
  • Degree information and transcripts from all institutions at which you have studied. 
  • Residency information (used to determine tuition charges).
  • International applicants will be asked to submit documentation demonstrating adequate financial support for at least the first year of study.
  • All graduate applicants who have not completed a degree in English must meet the English language proficiency
  • requirement prior to enrolling in academic classes. The university minimums can be found here.
  • Statement of Purpose 
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores (General only)
  • Any further documentation as required by Portland State University.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    15097 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    15097 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    9990 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 444 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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