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231 CAP Building
525 Rivers Street
Boone, NC
(828) 262-3090
FAX: (828) 262-2049

Department Chair (Interim)
Dr. Leon H. Ginsberg

Physics Program Coordinator
Dr. Patricia E. Allen

Astronomy Program Coordinator
Dr. Joseph T. Pollock

Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. J. Sidney Clements

PSM Program Coordinator Dr. Christopher S. Thaxton


Engineering Physics Master's Program

CAP Building
525 Rivers Street
Boone, NC 28608
Dr. J. Sidney Clements, Program Coordinator
(828) 262-2447

Master's Degree Information

Graduate Admissions
Faculty and Students
Master's Program Ranked in Top 13 in Nation
Our program was recently selected by the AIP (American institute of Physics) as one of the strongest professional master's programs in the nation (in the top 13 out of 186). The 13 programs selected all do an excellent job of preparing students for the work force, especially industry.
Click here to read the AIP Report of top 13 Schools

Master of Science in Engineering Physics

The Engineering Physics Master's program offers concentrations in engineering physics, astronomical instrumentation, computer interfacing, and electronics.  The curriculum includes a core of courses in analog and digital electronics, digital system design, IBM PC architecture  and interfacing, robotics, design and implementation of microprocessor-based instrumentation, microcontrollers, and laboratory automation.  All of the courses have a three-hour lab for related, hands-on, practical application of the course material. A research project is required in one of (or a combination of ) the concentration areas, and is conducted under the supervision of a member of the Department's graduate faculty.

Application for admission to the program is open to any graduate of an accredited college or university who holds a bachelor's degree in one of the sciences, engineering, computer science, electronics, or a related area. 

Dr. Rokoske with a graduate student

The program has both a THESIS and NON-THESIS option. Both options can be completed in two years.

The THESIS option requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit, which includes 6 hours for the thesis. The comprehensive exam is given over the thesis area only.

The NON-THESIS option requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit, which includes 6 hours of credit in directed research for the associated research project.  The comprehensive exam is given on four of  the core courses: PHY 5635 (Microcomputer Interfacing and Robotics), PHY 5430 (Digital Systems), PHY 5435 (Laboratory Automation), and PHY 5440 (Modern Instrumentation Design).

The emphasis of the program is the preparation of individuals for technical careers in industrial, governmental and independent laboratories.  M.S. in Engineering Physics degree recipients have the broad foundation in fundamental physics, the problem solving techniques and tools for sophisticated technical problems, and the versatility required for long-term success in a rapid evolving technical environment.  Our graduates are very competitive in the job market and have been very successful in both industry and Ph.D. programs.



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