For Prospective Masters Students

We offer a great Master's program for students wishing to pursue more advanced physics. Earning a MS in physics can help set you on a path towards a PhD in physics, or give you an advantage when seeking a technical or scientific position in industry or government. 

The masters degree in physics requires completing 30 credits of appropriate graduate-level course work with an average grade of B or better, and also passing the Comprehensive Exam at the masters level.
The following courses are the standard required courses, each course involving 4 credits:

Physics V0100 Mathematical Methods of Physics
Physics V1100 Analytical Dynamics
Physics V1500 and V1600 Electromagnetic Theory I and II
Physics V2500 and V2600 Quantum Mechanics I and II

Also 6 credits of elective courses are also needed to bring the total to 30 credits.

Financial support through teaching  and grading is arranged through Professor S. Franco,, with the concurrence of the chairman, Professor V. Menon.


Course Number Title Credits
PHYS V0100 Mathematical Methods in Physics


PHYS V1100 Analytical Dynamics


PHYS V1500-1600 Electromagnetic Theory

4 cr./sem.

PHYS V2500-2600 Quantum Mechanics

4 cr./sem.

  Elective Courses


Total Credit Hours: 30

Additional Requirements

No more than nine credits taken in 60000-level(U-level) courses (see PHYS 55100-55500, PHYS 58000PHYS 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.

Thesis: Not required.

Comprehensive Examination: A written comprehensive examination is required unless waived by the Graduate Committee.

Foreign Language Requirement: Not required.


Masters or Ph.D?
The City College masters program and the CUNY doctoral program (of which City College is a large part) involve two different applications.  A student can apply to both.  The CUNY doctoral program in physics is competitive; all accepted students are assured of financial support.  On the other hand, the City College masters program in physics is not competitive, but students are not promised financial support, although some CCNY masters students do act as teaching assistants or work in laboratories.  Strong masters students often move to the CUNY doctoral program, but each case is considered separately.

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Last Updated: 07/08/2021 10:23