Professional Master's Degree in Applied Physics

The only degree of its kind offered in Pittsburgh.

You have a unique perspective on the world with an adeptness to problem solving that is valued in a variety of industries. Go further with a horizon-expanding education.

The Professional Master's Degree in Applied Physics provides targeted education for those seeking industrial positions. Did you know that more than half of physicists in the U.S. work in industry, many in engineering roles?

The two-year, full-time degree program combines the analytical and hands-on skills of physics with professional business courses to prepare graduates for in-demand employment and advancement in the specialized tech industry. The program's curriculum is focused on providing:

  • Intensive hands-on experiences with technical coursework in optics, laser physics, and instrumentation that is inspired by industry and aligned with departmental research in Applied and Basic Physics, such as nuclear physics, atomic physics and materials science.
  • Professional experiential learning opportunities with industry partners that include an internship and capstone project.
  • Project management skills to help you lead technical-industry research and/or work in areas such as engineering, health care, finance, business and government.
  • Advanced skills in scientific, technical and professional communication and presentation in a variety of formats including seminars, project proposals, instruction documents, etc.

Sean Krupa, BS Physics, 2010My Duquesne Physics degree has helped me in so many ways that it is difficult to enumerate them all. I think it's easiest to say that goals evolve and change constantly; my degree has always allowed me to keep up with those changing goals because I was prepared both as a scholar and as a person.

From my own perspective, it is simply not enough to excel at only a few skills. Employers are looking for the true polymath - someone who can collect, understand, and present the data, then guide where the efforts go next. I believe the new Master's program is an ambitious, unique approach to providing students a chance to further their education and build the kind of broad skill set today's job market requires.

Sean Krupa, BS Physics, 2010