Professional Master's Degree Program: Surveys

The professional master’s landscape, and survey data from department heads and undergraduates

In September and October 2019 we put a pair of surveys into the field. They helped us understand where graduating physics majors land, and what components of a professional master's program might interest them. View the survey results.

We have opened another survey to ask industry professionals for their thoughts on the design of the master’s program.

Answers to some of your questions

The survey recently completed by 669 undergraduates at 107 different schools included a free response field in which participants could ask questions. Please click on the show/hide field to open answers.

  • I would like an elaboration on how it would be two semesters. (show/hide answer)
  • After completing this program would one be given a masters? (show/hide answer)
  • Are there specific companies we would intern for? If so what are they? (show/hide answer)
  • Are you guys planning to include some quantum research in your program? (show/hide answer)
  • At some point why wouldn't we go for a masters in an engineering field (show/hide answer)
  • Can we get an email with more information about this graduate program that will be offered? (show/hide answer)
  • Do you have a base cost yet? (show/hide answer)
  • Do you have any fusion based physics options, for graduate students. (show/hide answer)
  • Do you know how if this would work with Air Force ROTC? (show/hide answer)
  • hands-on COLLABRATIVE project work sounds terrible, hands-on SOLO project work sounds awesome! (show/hide answer)
  • How can I best stay updated on the progress of this program? (show/hide answer)
  • How likely is it to be accepted into the program and get your entire master's and or PhD payed for on top of a stipend? To me, this is one of my main focuses as there are many programs willing to pay for your graduate school on top of also paying out a stipend, specifically for physicists. (show/hide answer)
  • How much would room would there be for specialization in astronomy/ earth sciences? (show/hide answer)
  • How soon is the program likely to be available? What are the requirements for admission? Are there any industry specialties within the idea of instrumentation? (show/hide answer)
  • How unique is this program? I have not heard of any like it and it sounds like a very interesting idea. (show/hide answer)
  • How would an upcoming student looking to enter your potential program go about making the necessary connections to apply and have funding to attend the program? (show/hide answer)
  • How would the machine learning and artificial intelligence be incorporated into this master's program? In other words, would students be trained on how to use existing AI or trained to design them for future use? (show/hide answer)
  • I am interested in other topics in physics and i want to know about opportunities to do research in topics related to Optical and Particle physics in grad school. (show/hide answer)
  • I am very interested in this option, as i am about to enter the work force, and plan on obtaining more education, but dont want to commit to a full Phd (show/hide answer)
  • I am very interested in this program, and am eager to learn more about it! (show/hide answer)
  • I don't know what career opportunities are available for someone with a masters. (show/hide answer)
  • I have no questions at the moment. Thank you for informing me about such a program :) (show/hide answer)
  • I have read your survey and see that you have question about will I likely to go as master and Phd degree or not. I am really interested in going to master and Phd in physic major. I am wondering that can you provide information how can I apply on it or the process? (show/hide answer)
  • I wondered if you have any specific aerospace specialization programs? (show/hide answer)
  • I would like to know the first semester the program will be enrolling students. I would also like to know what technical electives are being considered - I am very interested in quantum science and think this program would be a great preparation for industry work in that field. Also, will there be an option to continue straight into a Ph.D. program? I am not yet sure if I want to commit to such a program and am considering a masters degree to help me decide how far I would like to go in my academic career. Having that option would make the program much more appealing to me. (show/hide answer)
  • I'm very interested in this program, but I'm not sure whether I qualify or not due to my GPA. How flexible is this program concerning the GPA, GRE ect.? (show/hide answer)
  • I'm interested in going into Quantum Computing in the future. Does this school have an operational Quantum Computer? That is big factor in my decision for grad school, along with financial aid. CWRU does not have one on campus. (show/hide answer)
  • If there might be financial support, how much will it be? (show/hide answer)
  • In the examples given in the survey, none pertained to astronomy or astrophysics. Is this a field that you will have internships and/or technical electives in? (show/hide answer)
  • In what ways do such machine learning/related courses differ from your computer science program? Might such learning be specifically specialized for the field of physics? (show/hide answer)
  • Is the Physics GRE required to apply? (show/hide answer)
  • Is the program more suitable for students who know that they want to work in a specific industry, or students who does not yet have such specific interest? (show/hide answer)
  • Is this program a good possibility for someone who wants to pursue partial accelerator design but not a PHD? (show/hide answer)
  • It's an interesting degree program. (show/hide answer)
  • No questions. Later if I have questions where would I go to ask? (show/hide answer)
  • please can you send more information aout your program, thanks (show/hide answer)
  • Please send me an e-mail when your curriculum is determined. Since I am really interested in Engineering program concerned with Physics, I will definitely look for your program if it is not expensive for me. (show/hide answer)
  • Say after this program, you do decide to go for a Phd will this restrict you or set you back in doing so? (show/hide answer)
  • So a person would pick up a master's degree in a year? How is it done so quickly? (show/hide answer)
  • The idea that it is two semesters, for if someone is looking for an intermittent program between long commitments for one reason or another, is very attractive. My main question is what is the planned outcome for students? Is it further graduate school, the job market, either, etc.? (show/hide answer)
  • This survey is incredible for up and coming ideas on programs. I love when our voices are heard and we get input on our own future, regardless of where we decide to go! (show/hide answer)
  • What are the gpa requirements to be eligible for this masters program? And if your gpa does not meet the requirement, what extended coursework to make up for the requirement can be taken to be eligible? (show/hide answer)
  • What CAD/CAM projects are you planning? (show/hide answer)
  • What opportunities for research does the school offer? (show/hide answer)
  • What variety of focused physics topics would be available? (show/hide answer)
  • What will be the program.s admission requirement? Which businesses have expressed interest in the program? (show/hide answer)
  • What would the size of this program include? Would the projects be based on the research done within the University or partnerships with other companies? (show/hide answer)
  • When do you expect to have this program available, as I am very interested? (show/hide answer)
  • When do you suspect that this program will be finalized, and are you aware of other universities that are also developing, or already have graduate programs similar to the one described here? Thank you. (show/hide answer)
  • Will there be a minimum GPA required to apply? Moreover, would it be possible to start this program during a Spring semester? (show/hide answer)
  • Will there be financial aid available for this program available from the University? (show/hide answer)
  • Would the program have concentrations and tracks ( for eg biophysics? ) (show/hide answer)
  • Would there be a stipend? (show/hide answer)
  • Would there be an obligation to work for a company if they were to sponsor me? Or would the sponsors be sponsoring the program in its entirety. (show/hide answer)
  • Would this program be available to students wanting to use Veteran Benefits? (show/hide answer)
  • Would this program be for students who could attend class on campus only? How many credits would a student have to take each semester to complete the program in only two semesters? The short length of time commitment is potentially the most attractive part of your program. (show/hide answer)