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Professional Master's Program
When a problem has no textbook solution, tech employers need professionals who understand the basic science behind their products and services. Expanding community college programs have difficulty finding instructors for STEM subjects. Government laboratories and agencies need experts trained in evidence-based science to handle increasingly complex demands.
The Professional Master of Science in Physics program at the University of Washington lets scientists and engineers expand their career opportunities with a flexible curriculum designed for people with full time jobs. Recent BS graduates can enhance their employment options by adding an advanced degree to their resumes. And some of our students simply want to learn more physics!
The UW Physics Department is a world leader in basic research and science education. You'll earn your degree working with faculty who are internationally recognized experts in fields from astrophysics to quantum computing. Students can participate in leading-edge research conducted by faculty, and learn first-hand about the latest scientific discoveries.
You should have a 4-year undergraduate degree in a physical science, engineering, mathematics or related disciplines, and an average GPA of 3.0 in relevant undergraduate physical science courses. Undergraduate coursework equivalent to intermediate-level physics classes (beyond introductory, 100-level courses) is required.
If your undergraduate degree is in computer science, life sciences, or social sciences, you may consider fulfilling the prerequisite requirements by taking individual undergraduate physics classes as a
non-matriculated student at UW, or online classes elsewhere. Please contact us for advice on what you may need to qualify.
Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. The ways in which proficiency can be demonstrated are outlined in Memo 8: Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Evening courses meet two nights per week and may be taken either individually or as a course of study leading to a Master of Science degree in Physics. Most non-laboratory courses now include the option of online attendance. Students typically complete the requirements in three years by enrolling in one late afternoon or evening class each quarter of the academic year. Students can take classes at a faster pace if they wish to complete the program in a shorter time. Courses of study that emphasize particular areas can be arranged according to individual interests. Examples of specialized tracks created by students in recent years have included: Acoustics, Laser physics, Mathematical modeling, Optics, Surface physics, Physics instrumentation and Physics education.

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