The Department of Physics offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Physics. We offer close personal interaction between you and the faculty, giving individual attention to your needs and interests as you move through the program.

Active research interests in the department include chemical physics, energy storage and conversion, nonlinear phenomena, condensed matter physics, transport properties, effects of disorder, statistical mechanics, phase transitions, surface and interface physics, optics, biophysics, self-assembly of nanomaterials, unconventional computing and (bio)sensing.

Clarkson University also offers a Master of Arts in Teaching with a physics focus. Learn more.


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MS in Physics

The master's program in physics consists of 30 total credit hours that can be taken within two years.

Physics MS Curriculum

PhD in Physics
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General Admission Requirements

Master's and PhD Applicants


Applicants must have a BS or equivalent degree in physics or a closely related subject. Applicants are expected to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of application. Furthermore, applicants should have achieved a grade of ‘B+’ or better in all physics and math subjects taken.

A complete application file consists of the following:

  • Application form
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts of all post-secondary studies
  • Test scores 
    • While Clarkson University has no minimum required GRE score, Physics applicants are expected to submit GRE scores of at least 300 (combined verbal and quantitative) to be competitive for admission.
    • International applicants are required to provide English proficiency scores. Tests accepted and minimum required scores are: TOEFL (80), IELTS (6.5), PTE (56) and Duolingo English Test (61).

For those seeking Teaching or Research Assistantships:

  • A GRE score of at least 319 is recommended (minimum verbal score of 156 and minimum quantitative score of 163). 
  • GRE Physics Subject Test scores are not required, but are recommended. 
  • International applicants should have a minimum score of 26 in each section of the TOEFL, 7.0 on each band of the IELTS (with minimum Speaking band of 7.5), or comparable PTE or Duolingo English Test scores.

Supplemental information may be submitted if desired; this could include any other information that may help us evaluate your application.

PhD placement test:

MS students interested in pursuing the PhD, will be required to sit for the placement test offered by the Department of Physics. This is offered annually in August. This score, in addition to prior academic record, publications, and teaching performance, will be considered prior to formal admittance into the PhD program. 

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To learn more, ask questions or apply, contact:

Graduate Admissions Team

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