Applied Physics—MS, PhD

Applied physics bridges the gap between physics, engineering, and other sciences. While engineers solve well-defined problems, applied physicists focus on applying physics interdisciplinarily. At Michigan Technological University, the applied physics program targets areas such as nanoscale condensed matter, materials science, atmospheric physics, optics/photonics, optoelectronics, plasmonics, and biomedical science. Are you ready?

Our Accelerated Master's Program is available for current Michigan Tech students.

Program Overview

With our master's or doctorate in applied physics, create a customized program of study. In addition to taking core graduate level physics courses, choose from a wider selection of courses, inside and outside of Physics to gain specialized knowledge in their chosen interdisciplinary research area.

  • Delivery Options

    • Accelerated: MS
    • On-Campus: MS, PhD

Applied Physics Program Details

Choose a specific degree option or delivery type to learn more about the applied physics program at Michigan Tech. For international students, Applied Physics is a designated STEM program.

On-Campus Programs

Additional Program Information

Want to learn more about applied physics at Michigan Tech? Visit the department for more information:


Graduate Director

Yoke Khin Yap

Program Coordinator

Megan Johnson


Sample Areas of Interest

Select areas of interest to help customize your applied physics MS or PhD. Sample areas include:

  • Astrophysics
  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Photonics and Quantum Optics
  • Materials Physics-Experimental

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Application Process and Admissions Requirements

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis using a holistic approach. Fill out our free graduate application online to apply to any of our programs. Official transcripts and scores are not required for the initial application, although you will need to upload them later.

Accredited by HLC

Michigan Tech has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1928. Our Graduate School offers over 125 certificates, master's, and PhD programs to provide our students and the world with what tomorrow needs.

Who You'll Work With

Our department is home to many active research faculty, and we have strong interdisciplinary collaborations with other departments and institutes including Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics.

Where You'll Work

The Physics department boasts exceptional research labs and facilities; hosting seven labs, ranging from computer labs with state-of-the-art software packages to atomic and molecular laser spectroscopy labs. Researchers also have access to other departments’ research labs, including scanning electron microscopy labs and other advanced characterization and fabrication facilities.


Faculty Spotlight

Petra Huentemeyer

Petra Huentemeyer

Professor, Physics

"We are shedding light on dark matter and other unsolved puzzles of our Universe."

Where and how are cosmic rays produced and accelerated to their states of high energy? The study of gamma rays provides a crucial piece of the puzzle. By measuring energy spectra, source morphologies, and spatial correlation of source wavelengths, we are trying to solve the century-old puzzle of the origin of galactic cosmic rays.

Program Faculty