Physics and astronomy attempt to understand and describe how and why the physical universe behaves as it does. Although remarkably simple, physics laws apply to a very wide range of sometimes beautiful and bizarre phenomena, as well as to the past and future of the universe.

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      Bendetson Hall
      Medford, MA 02155
      (617) 627-3395

      The Tufts University Department of Physics and Astronomy offers programs of study leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics and astronomy. Physics graduate students may also pursue research in related departments, such as electrical engineering.

      Master of Science (M.S.) tracks:

      • Physics
      • Physics: Astrophysics
      • Physics: Physics Education 

      Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) tracks:

      • Physics
      • Physics: Astrophysics
      • Physics: Chemical Physics
      • Physics: Physics Education

      Research areas include:

      • Astronomy and astrophysics
      • Biophysics
      • Condensed matter physics
      • Cosmology
      • General relativity
      • Particle physics
      • Physics education

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      M.S. in Physics/Astrophysics Learning Objectives
      • Ability to use advanced mathematics to model, describe and analyze physical phenomena.
      • Ability to apply scientific concepts and principles.
      • Deep understanding in fundamental areas of physics, including: Classical Mechanics Electricity and Magnetism Quantum Mechanics
      • Ability to carry out original research (if completing a master's thesis).
      • Ability to communicate scientific ideas and results effectively, orally, and in writing, to professional colleagues (if completing a master's thesis).
      Ph.D. in Physics/Astrophysics Learning Objectives
      • Deep understanding and proficiency in the fundamental fields of classical and quantum physics: Classical Mechanics Electricity and Magnetism Quantum Mechanics Statistical and Thermal Physics
      • Deep understanding of a selected specialized area of physics or astrophysics, including the tools and techniques of research in the field
      • Familiarity with the fundamental phenomena, concepts and methods of at least one other area outside of the student's field of specialization.
      • Ability to carry out independent, original research.
      • Ability to communicate scientific ideas and results effectively


      Hugh Gallagher
      Professor and Department Chair
      Ph.D. , University of Minnesota
      Experimental high-energy physics
      Danilo Marchesini
      Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director
      Ph.D. , SISSA, Trieste
      Astronomy and Astrophysics
      Timothy Atherton
      Associate Professor
      Ph.D. , University of Exeter
      Theoretical condensed matter physics
      Bruce Boghosian
      Professor of Mathematics
      Ph.D. , University of California, Davis
      Theoretical and computational fluid dynamics, quantum computation
      Peggy Cebe
      Ph.D. , Cornell University
      Experimental condensed matter physics and Polymer physics
      Larry Ford
      Ph.D. , Princeton University
      Cosmology and Astrophysics
      Gary Goldstein
      Ph.D. , University of Chicago
      Experimental high-energy physics
      David Hammer
      Professor and Chair
      Ph.D. , University of California
      Physics education; Director of the Institute for Research on Learning and Instruction
      Anthony W. Mann
      Ph.D. , University of Massachusetts
      Experimental high-energy physics
      Austin Napier
      Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      Experimental high-energy physics
      Ken Olum
      Research Professor
      Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      Fiorenzo Omenetto
      Frank C. Doble Professor and Dean of Research
      Ph.D. , University of Pavia
      Ultrafast nonlinear optics, nanophotonics, biopolymer multifunctional materials, photonic crystals, photonic crystal fibers
      Anna Sajina
      Associate Professor
      Ph.D. , Columbia University
      Astronomy and Astrophysics
      Krzystof Sliwa
      Ph.D. , Jagiellonian, Institute of Nuclear Physics
      Experimental high-energy physics
      Igor Sokolov
      Ph.D. , St. Petersburg State University (Russia); D.I. Mendeleev Institute of Metrology (Russia)
      Nanomechanics of Cells, Molecules, Polymers; Photonic Sensors; Soft Condensed Matter and Biomedical Research; Energy-Related Materials and Sustainability, Surface Science and Engineering
      Cristian Staii
      Assistant Professor
      Ph.D. , University of Pennsylvania
      Experimental condensed matter physics
      Roger G. Tobin
      Ph.D. , UC Berkeley
      Experimental condensed matter physics; physics education
      Thomas Vandervelde
      Associate Professor and Program Director
      Ph.D. , University of Virginia
      The Interaction of Light with Matter, Physics of Nanostructures and Interfaces, Semiconductor Photonics and Electronics, Epitaxial Crystal Growth, Special Interest in the Area of Materials and Devices for Energy and Infrared Applications


      Fall: January 15
      Round 2 for Fall Enrollment: May 15 (M.S. only)


      > Application fee
      > Resume/CV
      > Personal statement
      > Official GRE scores

      - GRE Subject test scores strongly recommended

      > Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
      > Transcripts
      > Three letters of recommendation


      > Application fee
      > Resume/CV
      > Personal statement
      > Official GRE required

      - GRE subject test scores strongly recommended

      > Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
      > Transcripts
      > Three letters of recommendation

      For questions about this program, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact the graduate program director, Danilo Marchesini.

      Department of Physics and Astronomy
      574 Boston Ave.
      Suite 304
      Medford, MA 02155 USA
      Tel. 617-627-3029
      Fax 617-627-3878

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