Applied Physics (M.S.)

This innovative master’s program in applied physics, developed in partnership with employers, enables you to pursue advanced physics training while building highly valued workplace skills.

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Why Earn a Master’s Degree in Applied Physics?

Designated by the Council of Graduate Schools as a Professional Science Master’s (nicknamed the “science MBA”), the applied physics program will prepare you for leadership roles in various science and technology sectors.


Our graduates pursue careers in areas such as:

  • semiconductor electronics
  • electro-optic technologies
  • sensor and communication technologies
  • medical applications, such as radiation oncology and medical imaging
  • interdisciplinary areas such as environmental science and energy management

Employers span government agencies, national labs and the corporate sector.


Students get real-life, problem-solving experience through internships at technology enterprises. Past degree candidates have interned at NASAGeneral ElectricInstitute for Defense Analysis, Department of Homeland Security and Blue Wave Semiconductors.

If you plan to pursue a Ph.D., you may consider thesis and research options in lieu of an internship. You’ll conduct research leading to presentations and publications using state-of-the-art experimental facilities under faculty supervision. 

Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions

This program requires 37 units of coursework. View admission and degree requirements and course descriptions in the Graduate Catalog.


Networking Opportunities

Towson’s location in the high-tech Baltimore-Washington corridor offers networking opportunities afforded by faculty collaborations with government agencies, national labs and other academic institutions.

 Our specialized content courses address the needs of the current technology workplace, emphasizing communication, project management and team collaboration skills. Class sizes are small, so you’ll receive individualized instruction and career mentoring.

Innovative Research

Towson faculty are active researchers in areas such as novel 2-dimensional materials, nanotechnology, metal oxide electronic materials, photonics and metamaterials.

Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities include:

  • pulsed laser thin film deposition
  • high-resolution X-ray diffraction
  • scanning probe microscopes: AFM, STM and NSOM
  • advanced optical spectroscopy and microscopy
  • cryogenic electrical and magnetic characterization

Contact Information

Program Director

Rajeswari Kolagani
Rajeswari Kolagani
Science Complex
Room 3150B
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