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.