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University of Massachusetts Boston

Boston , Massachusetts ,United States

Applied Physics, MS

The UMass Boston Applied Physics Master’s Program is built around the idea that physics is an approach to thinking about and solving problems rather than a specific set of skills. Our goal is to train students in this approach and give them a general toolbox of techniques that will allow them to pursue quantitative problems, regardless of the specific fields in which they find themselves. To that end, the curriculum for the program is a balance of theoretical and experimental courses, simultaneously sharpening students understanding of phenomena, the theoretical models that explain them, the measurements that illuminate them, and, most importantly, the connections between the phenomena, the measurements and the models.

Intakes

  • Jan
  • May
  • Sep

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Application Process

More information Required
10 Days
Possible Interview Call from Institution
10 Days
Provisional/Unconditional Offer
20 Days
Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

PSW Opportunity

  • 12 to 36 months( OPT duration depends on the major studied)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Admissions

The primary requirement for admissions into the Applied Physics Master’s Program is evidence that the student will be successful in the program. Since we accept students from a range of backgrounds, there is no specific set of courses that is absolutely required as a prerequisite for admission.

However, familiarity with Physics at the level of upper-level undergraduate work is expected. Standardized tests are useful in establishing a student's general level of academic preparation. While the GRE Physics subject test is not required, it is strongly recommended, particularly for foreign students as it allows for normative comparisons. Foreign students are required by the university to take an English language exam (TOEFL or IELTS) and score above a minimum level.

GPA

A minimum, cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (or international equivalent) in all undergraduate work. Please note that some programs may require a supplemental list of coursework and/or discipline-specific GPA calculation. 

Bachelor's Degree

At the time of enrollment, a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of recognized standing or an international equivalent.

Test Scores

  • Some programs require official GRE or GMAT test scores. Please review the program requirements to confirm.
  • Applicants who completed undergraduate coursework outside of the United States may be required to submit English proficiency test results, even if they are permanent residents or citizens of the U.S. 
  • UMass Boston’s institution code is 3924. We can only accept official score reports sent electronically or in hardcopy directly from the testing agency.
  • In accordance with Massachusetts state law, Office of Graduate Studies and Graduate Admissions policy permits residents of Massachusetts who have been diagnosed as developmentally disabled (including those with specific language disabilities, such as dyslexia, but not including those whose sole disability is blindness) to request a waiver of the requirement to submit GRE, GMAT, or MAT scores. To qualify for a waiver, an applicant must submit documentation of their disability. Some graduate programs require an alternative mode of assessment (e.g., a writing sample) in lieu of the standardized test score. For information, contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Graduate Admissions.