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Leading edge research lies at heart of graduate programs in physics. At UMass Lowell our Department of Physics and Applied Physics, with over $10 million annually in funded research, is well positioned to offer M.S. and Ph.D. programs specializing in physics and applied physics, both experimental and theoretical. The programs include: sub-millimeter wave (terahertz) technology, photonics, materials physics, nano-science and technology, nuclear physics, biophotonics, computational physics, space physics, astronomy, health physics, and medical physics. We have 80 graduate students in our program. Financial Aid is available for Ph.D. students in the form of teaching and research assistantships.
Graduates from our programs hold positions in academia, national laboratories, government agencies, major medical facilities, and industry. They have been successful in gaining employment in areas dealing with material properties, electro-optics, computer modeling, advanced radiation detection for nuclear physics and homeland security, as well as radiation safety and protection, medical diagnostic imaging, and therapeutic medical physics.
Department of Physics and Applied Physics
Olney Hall OLN-136
One University Avenue
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Lowell, Massachusetts 01854
For more information about our graduate programs in Health Physics and Medical Physics, please contact the Radiological Sciences Coordinator, Prof. Clayton French, or the Medical Physics Coordinator, Prof. Erno Sajo.
The following webpages include more information for all programs within Health, Medical Physics and Radiological Sciences.
The Master of Science degree may be taken in Physics or Radiological Science and Protection (health physics or in the Medical Physics option) or in the applied physics option in Optical sciences. Course requirements for the M.S. program consist of a total of 30 credits, including work on a thesis or project. The M.S. may serve as a basis for further study toward a Ph.D. degree. Students are expected to complete the M.S. program in two years.
A terminal 34-credit Professional Science Master's (PSM) option is also offered in the Radiological Science and Protection M.S. degree program. This PSM option has no thesis requirement but does include courses in business administration, professional communication and an internship in lieu of a thesis.
The General GRE Examination is required for admission into the master's program, but not the Physics Subject Test.
Graduate courses taken by a baccalaureate degree student that are credited towards the master’s degree must have been obtained with a grade of B or better. Once the departmental credit requirements for the bachelor’s degree have been met, up to twelve graduate credits (500 level or higher) in excess of the 120 credit baccalaureate degree may be used for the graduate degree. Project or thesis requirements are the same as for all other Physics M.S. Programs.
The Physics Department strives to provide full financial support for all admitted Ph.D. students. The first two years are typically funded through Teaching Assistantships (TA) plus summer research support, while funding for subsequent years are through Research Assistantships (RA). Starting fall 2016, the total compensation package for a UMass Lowell first year out-of-state physics Ph.D. student is valued at over $50,000. This includes a 12-month stipend of $25,000, a full waiver of tuition and operating fees, plus 80 percent of student health insurance costs. An additional ten $3,000 university scholarships will be offered starting fall 2016 to top admitted students, bringing the total 12-month stipend amount for university scholars to $28,000. Scholarships may be renewed for up to two years for TA's and for additional years for RA's, contingent on performance, that include passing the Ph.D. qualifying exams and maintaining a full-time graduate course load with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.6.
Applications are made through the Graduate Admissions website.
Applications for the Ph.D. program must be submitted no later than Jan. 15 for consideration for the fall semester.
Applications to the master's program must be submitted by Nov. 15 for preceding the spring term or Mar. 15 for preceding the fall term in which the applicant wishes to enroll.
Details of program requirements can be found on this page: Information for Graduate Students.