The Master of Engineering in Instrumentation and Applied Physics is an intensive professional degree program that can be completed in one year while on campus.

The program is designed as a unique discovery experience, offering greater technical depth than is possible in an undergraduate program, while providing the tools you'll need to successfully work within multidisciplinary teams. The coursework provides opportunities to become proficient within your technical discipline at the graduate level, and the background to become an effective professional physicist.

Students need to complete the following coursework requirements:

  • Minimum of 16 credit hours of required physics coursework
  • 12 hours elective coursework
  • 4 hours of professional development

Required coursework (16 credit hours)

Title Meeting times Hours 
Physics 503  Instrumentation Physics: Applications of Machine Learning Two 75-minute classes per week 4
Physics 523 Instrumentation and Applied Physics Project (two semesters) Two 3-hour classes each week 8
Physics 524 Survey of Instrumentation and Laboratory Techniques Two 50-minute classes per week 2
Physics 525 Survey of Fundamental Device Physics Two 50-minute classes per week 2

Elective coursework (12 credit hours)

Students graduating from the program and for whom eight or more credit hours of electives are in a single area, such as computational physics and simulation, will be eligible to receive a Graduate Certificate in that area.

The electives will provide an interdisciplinary experience to enrolled students, bringing them into contact with fields like biophysics, nuclear instrumentation, and material science. With the assistance of the program coordinator, students will select at least 12 credit hours of courses from areas relevant to Instrumentation and Applied Physics including (but not limited to):

  • Material science
  • Condensed matter physics, including semiconductor physics
  • Quantum mechanics and quantum information
  • Statistical and thermal physics
  • Electrodynamics and electromagnetic radiation
  • Atomic, molecular, and optical physics
  • Computational physics and simulation
  • Mathematical physics
  • Nuclear, plasma, and radiological physics
  • Biophysics and bioengineering

Courses that can serve as electives can be found in the university's catalog and are offered by the departments of Physics, Computer Science and others.

Professional development coursework (4 credit hours)

Course Title Hours
TE 450 Startups: incorporation, funding, contracts, and intellectual property 3
TE 460 Lectures in engineering entrepreneurship 1
TE 461 Technology entrepreneurship 3
TE 466  High-tech venture marketing 2
TE 565 Technological innovation and strategy 2
TE 566 Finance for engineering management 2
  Choose 4 credit hours from the courses listed above, or with approval of the program coordinator, other courses in Business, Law, or Economics.