Western Illinois University

M.Sc. On Campus
12 months
13830 USD/year
13830 USD/year
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The Department of Physics at Western Illinois University offers a program of graduate study leading to the Master of Science degree in Physics. Our approach is designed to be flexible enough to allow students—even with different undergraduate backgrounds—the opportunity to prepare themselves for careers or further study in the field of physics. 


The Physics program at Western Illinois University provides the advantage of a caring, small department atmosphere with very committed professors, together with the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research projects that will prepare the graduate student for challenging Ph.D. programs in top research universities or competitive jobs after graduation. The Integrated Baccalaureate and Master’s degree program (IBMP) in Physics provides an opportunity for academically strong undergraduate Physics majors with a commitment to pursuing a career in physics or applied physics research to complete both the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Physics in five years.

Possible Careers

Students earning a MS in physics can look forward to graduate careers in applied sciences, engineering, medical physics, biophysics, AMO physics, condensed matter physics, astronomy and astrophysics, careers in private industry or government laboratories, careers in business and finance that require quantitative analysis skills, and careers in technical consulting.

Why Choose Physics at WIU?

We have substantially revised all of our degree programs in recent years, with the goal of providing each student the best possible preparation and an outstanding educational experience tailored to their individual needs. Our graduate program continues to grow and thrive, recently being ranked #13 in the nation by the American Institute of Physics for the number of M.S. degrees awarded annually. 

Additionally, the Physics Department at WIU strives to provide every graduate student the opportunity to fully realize his or her potential in a learning environment dedicated to excellence and to giving each individual student the one-on-one attention they require to excel. We rely on a long history of teaching excellence and an enduring commitment to involve all of our students in the excitement and challenges of physics research. In our department, you will be individually known by our faculty, and you will share in the unique opportunity of shaping the future of our department and of physics.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Classical Mechanics
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Quantum Mechanics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • National students - rolling admission




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for admission to the School of Graduate Studies must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by the appropriate U.S. Department of Education regional institutional accrediting agency. 
  • Applicants usually apply for admission to a degree program simultaneously with admission to the School of Graduate Studies. 
  • If the applicant meets the minimum admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, a copy of the application materials is forwarded to the program of interest for consideration.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13830 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13830 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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