The Rosette Nebula
Master of Science

About the Program

Expand your universe with Case Western Reserve’s Master of Science in Physics. With an innovative curriculum, you’ll gain understanding of nanoscale and quantum materials, cosmology and astrophysics, and bio/soft physics. Here, you’ll collaborate on cutting-edge experimental and theoretical research with world-class faculty—professors who are devoted to mentoring you throughout your time on campus. Regularly recognized for excellence in teaching, these faculty members will help you embrace a spirit of discovery and innovation that drives understanding of our origins—and could shape our future.

What to Expect

In our 30-credit-hour degree program—which you can complete in three to four semesters—you’ll have your choice of a thesis or examination option.

No matter your selection, you’ll take classes such as Quantum Mechanics I and Classical Electromagnetism, plus anywhere from 15 to 24 hours of other courses, depending on your program.

Or tap into your startup side with our entrepreneurship track—a tailored program in which you take graduate-level courses in science, engineering, technology innovation, intellectual property commercialization, and finance. Nearly one-third of the program is experiential learning, through which you’ll work as a paid intern or employee within an existing company or as an entrepreneur with your own venture.

We keep our entrepreneurship cohorts small (three to five new students) to facilitate significant personal attention from faculty and mentors in crafting and realizing your goals. PEP will connect you with mentors, advisors, partners, funding sources and job opportunities, as well as help you build a lasting network.

I’ve spent a career working on topics that aren’t in the mainstream. That’s been an interesting and exciting way to have a scientific career. The keys are incredible postdocs and graduate students, and not letting other people tell us what the important questions are.

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Beyond the Classroom

As one of our master’s students, you’ll have the chance to participate in research conducted by our physics faculty and students. You’ll find several research groups seeking members, such as the High Energy Astroparticle Physics Group, the Theoretical Biophysics Research Group and the Liquid Crystal and Complex Fluids Group.

Looking for a student organization to pursue your interests? The Physics Graduate Student Association and other student clubs provide ample opportunities for professional development, local community service activities, engagement with employers and social gatherings.

By the Numbers


credit-hour master’s program


 Best Colleges for Physics in America, Niche


median annual wage for the field, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


tuition covered by teaching assistantships or scholarships


free fellowship courses offered

Admissions Details

We review applications on a rolling basis. Criteria for admission include a bachelor’s degree in physics, mathematics or a related field, or a strong record of undergraduate work in physics and mathematics. Students should have taken standard upper-level undergraduate subjects such as quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics and classical mechanics.

When reviewing your profile for admission consideration, we require the following:

  • Completed online application
  • Statement of objective
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL scores for international students whose first language is not English
  • Official transcripts

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