M.A. degree program in physics
HEGIS code 1902
NYS SED program code 02068

The study of physics provides a foundation in fundamental science and develops skill sets that are highly valued in virtually every profession. The M.A. in physics program prepares students for admission to doctoral programs in physics or closely related fields such as astronomy, biophysics, medical physics, materials science, and engineering. For students who do not intend to pursue a doctorate in physics, the program provides a strong background in problem-solving through the application of physics, mathematics, and quantitative reasoning that can be extremely useful in a variety of professions, including business, finance, law, and medicine, as well as applied physics. For all students, the program also affords an opportunity to gain research experience.

Program Heads

Office Hours
Sandeman, Karl Graduate Deputy 718.951.5000 x2870 2156g Ingersoll Hall karlsandeman @ brooklyn.cuny.edu By appointment


Admission Requirements

Department Physics
Fall Application Deadline March 1st
Spring Application Deadline November 1st - rolling admission
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions: transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.' http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply/documents.php), two letters of recommendation. Refer to instructions at http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply.php .
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 500, 173, 61


Standard physics sequence
This sequence is the traditional course of study intended for students who are likely to continue on to the Ph.D. degree in physics.

Matriculation requirements
Applicants must offer at least 12 credits in physics beyond general physics and at least 9 credits in mathematics beyond elementary integral calculus.

General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."

Degree requirements
Thirty credits are required for the degree.

Students must complete 22 credits in courses in the Physics Department. The following courses are required: Physics 7210X, 7310X, 7350X, 7410X, and 7710X. In exceptional cases, the graduate physics committee may waive required courses or prerequisites.

With permission of the committee, the remaining credits required for the degree may be in courses in any department.

If they have been completed with a grade of B or higher and have not been counted toward the undergraduate degree, physics courses numbered 4100-4900 in the -Brooklyn College Undergraduate Bulletin corresponding to U600 courses in the City University Graduate Bulletin, or their equivalent, may be offered toward the master's degree.

Students must pass a comprehensive examination or submit a thesis, the choice to be made in consultation with the deputy chairperson. The first doctoral examination of the CUNY Ph.D. program may be substituted for the comprehensive examination. Students who choose to write a thesis must take a course or courses in the series Physics 7110G-7120G. No more than 4 credits in this series may be offered toward the degree. Information about requirements for the comprehensive examination and thesis is in the section "Academic Regulations and Procedures."

Graduate courses in the Physics Department offered toward the degree must be 7000-level courses.

The program of study must be approved by the graduate physics committee.