12 months
36880 USD/year
36880 USD/year
18894 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The University of Massachusetts Boston Boston Applied Physics Master’s Program is built around the idea that physics is an approach to thinking about and solving problems rather than a specific set of skills.


University of Massachusetts Boston's goal is to train students in this approach and give them a general toolbox of techniques that will allow them to pursue quantitative problems, regardless of the specific fields in which they find themselves. 

To that end, the curriculum for the Applied Physics program is a balance of theoretical and experimental courses, simultaneously sharpening students understanding of phenomena, the theoretical models that explain them, the measurements that illuminate them, and, most importantly, the connections between the phenomena, the measurements and the models.


Physics advances through the interplay of experiment and theory. To be an effective experimentalist, you need to be able to work through and understand the details of how the theories connect to measurements. 

To be a relevant theorist, you need to be familiar with the possibilities and limitations inherent in experimental measurements. The Applied Physics Master’s degree requires all students to balance their studies between the two. Each student is required to complete three theoretical courses, three experimental/applied courses, and one elective course from either category.

In addition, each student must pursue a research project where they employ the skills learned through their coursework. The research can be done as a project supervised by a faculty member, resulting in a short Master’s thesis, or as an off campus internship. The results of the project must be presented formally to the department as a whole.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Electronic Instrumentation: Analog
  • Laser Optics Laboratory
  • Experiments in Squishy Physics
  • Topics in Medical Imaging
  • Advanced Laser Optics
  • Cancer Biophysics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


34 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • GPA
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Online Application and Fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • Test Scores
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • The primary requirement for admissions into the Applied Physics Master’s Program is evidence that the student will be successful in the program. Since we accept students from a range of backgrounds, there is no specific set of courses that is absolutely required as a prerequisite for admission. However, familiarity with Physics at the level of upper level undergraduate work is expected.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    36880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18440 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    36880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18440 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18894 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9447 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 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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