Degree Type


The Physics master's program is suitable as both a means for professional development and preparation for further graduate study.

The program offers enough flexibility to allow for completion of the degree in two, three, or four semesters of full-time enrollment, depending on a student's background. The program may also be completed with part-time enrollment over a longer period.

Admission Information

Applicants are expected to have a strong background in physics or closely related subjects at the undergraduate level.

Admission Requirements

  • Two recommendation letters are required. The recommendation letters should be from faculty who are acquainted with the applicant's academic or research qualifications.
  • GRE General: Not required or accepted
  • GRE Subject: Not required or accepted

Application Deadline: June 1

Sc.M. Completion Requirements

A total of 8 credits, or courses, at the 2000 level form the main requirement for a ScM degree in Physics, including completion of a Master's thesis.

Of the eight required courses, four will be selected from the six core courses of the PhD program. Preparation of a Master's thesis is highly recommended as it forms an important pillar of the professional training. Therefore, up to two of the eight courses may be Thesis Preparation. With approval of the program director, up to two credits may be 2000 level courses offered by another department.

Financial Aid Information (for domestic students)

Department of Physics
Brown University
Box 1843
[email protected]

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Department Chair: Gang Xiao

Director of Graduate Studies: Savvas Koushiappas