Master of Arts

Physics Masters at CCNY: Terminal Masters or Bridge to PhD Students enter the City College Masters Program in Physics for a variety of reasons. 
  • A physics masters degree can be valuable for work in industry.
  • A physics masters degree can provide an exceptionally strong, science-based degree for secondary education certification.
  •  For many students, the City College Masters Program can provide a bridge to the PhD degree. This is ideal for students who become interested in physics late in their college years or after graduating from college and who find that their training in physics and mathematics is too weak to allow them to be admitted directly into a physics doctoral program.
In the CCNY Masters Program, students can make up deficiencies in their background through City College's fine undergraduate physics program and can learn at the graduate level in small classes. City College masters students also have access to the advanced doctoral courses taught at the CUNY Graduate Center. Many City College masters students in physics advance to the CUNY Doctoral Program in Physics or to other physics doctoral programs.

Congratulations to Master of Science in Physics degree recipients 2014-2015


Aruna    Aruna        
Giovanni Milione        



Arianna Braconi        
Korrigan E. Clark        
Kyle W. Foster
Robin Roberts    
Liutauras Rusaitis


MAY 2015

Emmanuel Michalakis




Required Courses
V0100: Mathematical Methods in Physics
V1100: Analytical Dynamics
V1500-1600: Electromagnetic Theory
V2500-2600: Quantum Mechanics
Elective Courses 6
Total Credits 30


Additional Requirements

No more than nine credits taken in 60000-level courses (see Physics 55100-55500, 58000, 58100 in the Undergraduate Bulletin) may be counted toward the graduate degree. Nine credits may be taken in graduate courses in subjects other than Physics, upon approval of the Graduate Committee.
Comprehensive Examination: A written comprehensive examination is required unless waived by the Graduate Committee.

Thesis: Not required.
Foreign Language Requirement: Not required.
Transfer to Ph.D. Program

Superior students in the Master's Program at The City College can usually transfer to the Ph.D. program by taking and passing the "First Examination." See the Graduate Advisor.


Graduate Advisor, Masters Program
Prof. Timothy Boyer




U5300 Physical Photonics I/Laser Optics
Several graduate and undergraduate students were interviewed to determine their needs in optics and laser physics. The response was that the laser physics course is needed at a graduate level and that the course will be beneficial to the program. Among the further topics indicated as appropriate for more advanced coverage are depth light dispersion, light pulse propagation and transformation in time and space, spontaneous and stimulated emission, etc.

Photonics is becoming a key field augmenting and perhaps eventually replacing electronics in communication, medicine, and computation, so that an understanding of laser physics is important in advancing a number of science and engineering fields.  The material covered in the course will help the student to excel in the photonics areas. The following topics will be covered: Overview of Optics and EM, Laser Concepts, Temporal Gaussian Pulse Propagation, Optical Cavity and Stability, Ray Propagation, Gaussian Beams, Modes and Etalon Cavity, Spontaneous and Stimulated Emission, Saturation of Two Levels, Lasing Threshold and gain, Rate Equations for Laser Action in Three and Four-level Systems, Slope, Efficiency of Lasers, Density Matrix: a) General Approach – Meaning, b) Equation of Motion, Rate Equations and Relaxation Times, c) Dipole Perturbations, d)Raman Effect, and e) Redfield Equation – Population and Coherence, and Laser Systems. The topics and material covered in the course will be at the interface between advanced undergraduate and graduate levels, and accessible to both groups.

Cisneros MIT MLK Seminar Poster



Dr. Sophia Inzunza-Cisneros
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Laboratory for Nuclear Science
Neutrino and Dark Matter Group

Dr. Cisneros began at CCNY by taking junior-year level physics courses, and completed the degree of Master of Arts in Physics in two years. She completed her Ph.D. in Astrophysics at New Mexico State University and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT.