The Department of Physics at Northeastern University provides opportunities for graduate students to engage in research and scholarship under the direction of an internationally recognized faculty. Students have a choice of physics PhD programs in advanced theoretical or experimental research in condensed matter physics, nanophysics, biological physics, medical physics, network science, or elementary and particle physics.

PhD in Physics

The Physics Department offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Physics with concentrations in different subfields that reflect the forefront research activities of the department, including biological physics, condensed matter physics, elementary particle physics, nanomedicine and network science.

MS in Physics

The Physics department offers Master of Science degrees with several options.

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Students enrolled in the BS/PhD program will meet all of the requirements for both the physics BS degree and the physics PhD.

Two students work to complete a physics experiment. A male student adjusts the experimental set up of a ring stand. A female student stands by the computer to record data.

Special Student Status

This program allows students outside the University to enroll in graduate level courses.

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MS in Applied Physics and Engineering

The combined MS program in applied physics and engineering allows graduate students to receive physics training in an engineering concentration.

Graduate Certificate in Nanomedicine

The Graduate Certificate in Nanomedicine is designed for scientists, engineers, and physicians to develop competency and practical skills in the application of nanotechnology to problems in medicine.


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