Eligibility for Admission
Bachelor's degree required with a GPA of 2.80 or above. The Master's Degree in Applied Physics is designed to serve students with a baccalaureate degree in Physics or Engineering. Students with degrees in other related areas are also encouraged to apply. Program advisors will establish additional background courses needed for each admitted student if necessary.
Basic course prerequisites include:
- Two semesters of upper-level electromagnetism
- One semester of optics, or sufficient optics content combining separate courses
- Lab work in electronics and optics
- Numerical analysis or programming proficiency in a suitable language (e.g. Python, C/C++, Java, Fortran, R, Julia, Matlab, etc.)
- Multivariable calculus
- Differential Equations
- Linear Algebra
Applicants showing promise but missing some required undergraduate coursework will still be considered and will be offered the opportunity to catch up on prerequisite content, as deemed appropriate by the program advisor.
Applications are processed and reviewed on a rolling basis. There is no admission in the spring semester. The deadline for consideration for admission into the fall semester is July 1. There is no application fee.
A complete application consists of
- The Online Application
- Personal statement (about 250 words) addressing the applicant's preparation and how the program furthers the applicant's career goals.
- Official transcripts in English of all undergraduate and any graduate studies completed. If your undergraduate and/or graduate degrees are from an institution located outside of the United States, you must use a transcript credential evaluation service to obtain a course-by-course report. The official reports must be sent directly to Duquesne University from the organization you order through and will qualify as official transcripts. Please review our Transcript Credential Evaluation Directions. These should be sent directly from the University to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Attn: Heather Costello - Applied Physics MS
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's relevant skills.
- Official GRE scores. Please have official GRE scores sent from ETS using code 2196 only (a department code is not needed). The physics subject test is not required.
- INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ONLY - Your application package must also contain the following:
- Official (iBT) TOEFL scores that are current to one year. Please review Duquesne University's English Language Proficiency requirements. Total internet-based TOEFL scores must be at least 100 or greater.
- Duquesne University Affidavit of Support Form completed in full and an official bank statement. The affidavit of support form is a legal document that a student's sponsor must complete and have notarized and certified. The bank statement must be from the sponsor and show at least one full year of costs. Estimates of costs for the academic year are available from the Center for Global Management.
- Mandatory International Student Form.
Questions should be addressed to
Simonetta Frittelli, PhD, Chair of the Department of Physics