12 months
708 USD/credit 31860 USD/year
708 USD/credit 31860 USD/year
478 USD/credit 21510 USD/year
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Challenge your knowledge of the universe and collaborate with your cohort and expert faculty to form new theories with a Master’s Degree in Physics from Portland State University. 

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The tightly-knit Physics program from Portland State University will push you to develop robust research and experimental skills while you work closely with faculty who are leading researchers in diverse fields like biophysics, nanotechnology, atmospheric and climate science, and much more.

As a graduate student at PSU, you will acquire advanced knowledge in quantum mechanics, electrodynamics, classical mechanics, and statistical mechanics. Our seminar series and guest lecturers will enrich your classroom work and will expose you to new dimensions of thought. You’ll also have the opportunity to take your groundbreaking discoveries beyond the lab as you present your research in student symposiums and conferences.


Physicists are employed by almost all industries, and a master’s degree in physics from Portland State will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and experience you need to succeed no matter where your career takes you. Many of our students go on to complete doctoral degrees in physics, applied physics, and engineering.

Recent graduates have been accepted to Ph.D. programs around the country, including Oregon Health & Science University, the University of Georgia, Louisiana State University, Georgetown, and Portland State.

With a master's degree, you can also work in a variety of jobs in technical industries and government laboratories. Recent graduates from our master’s programs have been hired at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oregon Physics, FEI, Novellus, Tokyo Electron, Intel, Tektronix, Analog Devices, and eLumigen.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Quantum Mechanics 
  • Electromagnetic Fields and Interactions
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Cellular and Molecular Biophysics
  • Alternative Energies
  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • To be considered for regular admission, applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or the equivalent (on the U.S. 4.0 scale) from the degree granting institution(s). Applicants who have earned 9 or more letter-graded graduate credits must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent; this graduate GPA supersedes the undergraduate GPA. 
  • Copies of official degree certificate/diploma
  • Certified translation of transcripts
  • Financial documentation demonstrating adequate financial support for at least the first year of study

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31860 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 708 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    31860 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 708 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    21510 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 478 USD per credit during 12 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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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