Curriculum

Candidates will complete 36 credits of which thirty credits are coursework. A capstone project in the spring semester of the second year is worth the remaining six credits.

Physics courses

PHYS 502 Advanced Optical Theory and Devices
PHYS 508 Computational Physics
PHYS 532 Data Acquisition and Control
PHYS 570 Materials Science
PHYS 572 Quantum Optics

Business courses

MGMT-600 Ethics & Stakeholder Management
MGMT-601 Entrepreneurial Manager
MGMT-605 Behavior in Organizations

Science communication courses

CHEM 513 Science communication I
CHEM 515 Science communication II

Professional seminar

Students must be enrolled in PHYS 501 Professional seminar every semester for a total of 4 credits.

The research capstone project is to be carried out in partnership with a sponsoring company. The department of physics is to arrange a partnership suitable for each candidate. Alternatively, students may complete a master's thesis under the supervision of a physics faculty mentor. The thesis option would allow candidates to pursue employment in different focus areas, such as nuclear physics and nanomaterials.

Non-credit requirement: An industry internship, not necessarily related to capstone project, is required in the summer between the first and second year. Students have the option to apply for internships through the physics department partner companies, or to seek new internships.

Accelerated option

A 4+1 option is available for students pursuing the physics bachelor degree at Duquesne University. Undergraduates will be able to take fifteen of the required 36 graduate credits during their senior year. Six graduate credits will be shared between the bachelor degree and the master degree. Students would receive a bachelor degree at the end of year four. The required internship would take place in the summer between years four and five.

Course Sequence

Fall Year 1 (8 credits)

  • PHYS 501 Professional Seminar (1 cr)
  • Science Communication (1 cr)
  • PHYS 502 Advanced Optical Theory and Devices (3 cr)
  • PHYS 504 Materials Science (3 cr)

Spring Year 1 (8 credits)

  • PHYS 501 Professional Seminar (1 cr)
  • Science Communication (1 cr)
  • PHYS 508 Computational Physics (3 cr)
  • Business (3 cr)

Fall Year 2 (10 credits)

  • PHYS 501 Professional Seminar (1 cr)
  • PHYS 572 Quantum Optics (3 cr)
  • PHYS 532 Data Acquisition and Control (3 cr)
  • Business (3 cr)

Spring Year 2 (10 credits)

  • PHYS 501 Professional Seminar (1 cr)
  • Business (3 cr)
  • Capstone project (6 cr) or Thesis (6 cr)