Master of Science in Applied Physics

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Online classes
2–3 years
Average time to completion
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Courses required for
Master’s degree
No GRE Required

Enrich your experience for exciting careers

Prepare to be a leader in cutting-edge industries with valuable analytical and hands-on skills by earning your Master of Science in Applied Physics from Johns Hopkins University. As you study a wide range of topics from interstellar space to ocean science, you’ll open the door to vast career possibilities.

You can complete our top-ranked professional engineering master’s degree program in just 10 courses fully online.

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As a whole, the teachers at JHU were among the best I have ever had in my academic career. I truly believe I have received a great education that has helped me in my professional career.

–Daniel ’19, Applied Physics

For inquisitive and influential innovators

You will succeed in this program if you want to broaden your career prospects in applied physics with a cross-industry problem-solving approach that combines theory and practice. This program is ideal for students looking to:

  • Advance research and development of cutting-edge technology.
  • Tailor their program of study specialized for their unique goals.
  • Balance commitments as a working professional through a fully online program.

A world of possibilities awaits

Conquer quantitative challenges in multiple fields through a range of career-ready topics that include optics, astrophysics, oceanography, condensed matter, and more. In our program, you will:

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Connect with convenience

Learn the latest industry developments directly from notable professionals who are industry changemakers. The advantages of your JHU education also include:

  • Senior-level faculty from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, NASA, and the Naval Research Laboratory.
  • A collaborative culture to connect with colleagues and experts in your field.
  • Individual attention from advisors and faculty in courses expertly developed for online delivery.

Take applied and focused classes

To earn your Master of Science in Applied Physics, you must complete ten courses—four core courses and six electives—often completed within 2-3 years.

Core Course Choices
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Electromagnetics
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering
  • Modern Physics
  • Principles of Optics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics

Optional Master’s Degree Focus Areas
  • Materials and Condensed Matter
    Explore integrated concepts from our Applied Physics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering programs.
  • Photonics
    Study the principles and practical applications of light in physics and engineering.

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Excellence as a competitive edge

From developing visionary leaders, pioneering innovative research, and creating meaningful impact, you’ll find that the JHU advantage goes well beyond rankings and recognition.

Industry-specific solutions

Increase your potential with real-time and relevant guidance from experts and pioneers.

Top-ranked, well-respected

Our exceptional instruction spans nearly two decades of dedication to virtual learning.

Resources for success

Benefit from knowledgeable staff and helpful tools to support your success.

Everything we do is focused on you

As an applied physicist, you want to create a better future by improving everything you see. Our vision is to provide you a rich educational experience that makes that possible.

On your terms, on your time

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals offers exceptional online programs that are custom-designed to fit your schedule as a practicing engineer or scientist. You will have access to the full range of JHU services and resources—all online.

Opening the door to ambition

We are committed to providing accessible, affordable, innovative, and relevant education experiences for working adults. Our admissions counselors are standing by to help you navigate your next steps, from application and financial assistance, to enrolling in the program that best fits your goals. Applications are accepted year-round—with no GRE required.

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Opportunity afforded

78% of our enrolled students’ tuition is covered by employer contribution programs