12 months
1187 USD/credit 35610 USD/year
1109 USD/credit 33270 USD/year
468 USD/credit 14040 USD/year
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You're ready to take what you learned in undergrad and become a true expert in matter, energy, and how they relate to one another. With an MS in Physics from The University of Alabama at Birmingham, you'll have the background you need in statistical mechanics, electromagnetic theory, mathematical physics, and quantum mechanics to pursue a career in research, industry, or education.


To prepare you for these fields, we've developed a program that is advanced, fast-paced, and research-focused. In fact, your curriculum will allow you to explore the same research areas as our PhD students, because we want you to be well-equipped to pursue an advanced degree when you finish. In addition to your curriculum, we'll want you to choose between one of two plans. Plan I (thesis option) requires a thesis based on original research. 

You can research in an interdisciplinary area such as biophysics, chemical physics, geophysics, mathematical physics, neurophysics, optics, materials science, or engineering physics. Or, if you're still mulling over the decision of whether to pursue a PhD or MD, Plan II (non-thesis option) is built just for you. The thesis option is replaced here with more advanced coursework and an exit exam.

Fast Facts:

  • An MS in Physics from The University of Alabama at Birmingham can open the door to careers in software development, engineering, research, banking, teaching, and more.

Programme Structure


  • Instructional Physical Science
  • Studies in Physics Teaching
  • Physical Science for Teachers
  • Computational Solid State Physics
  • Biomedical Optics
  • Applications of Contemporary Optics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

Admission into the physics graduate program is by recommendation of the graduate admission committee of the Department of Physics. The committee takes into consideration the following:

  • an undergraduate degree in physics or a related field
  • prior academic performance in physics courses
  • verbal and quantitative scores on the GRE
  • a personal statement of career goals
  • prior research experience
  • letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35610 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1187 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    33270 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1109 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    14040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 468 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Birmingham

1019 - 1648 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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