Physics and astronomy attempt to understand and describe how and why the physical universe behaves as it does. Although remarkably simple, physics laws apply to a very wide range of sometimes beautiful and bizarre phenomena, as well as to the past and future of the universe.

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Medford, MA 02155
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The Tufts University Department of Physics and Astronomy offers programs of study leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics and astronomy. Physics graduate students may also pursue research in related departments, such as electrical engineering.

Master of Science (M.S.) tracks:

  • Physics
  • Physics: Astrophysics
  • Physics: Physics Education 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) tracks:

  • Physics
  • Physics: Astrophysics
  • Physics: Chemical Physics
  • Physics: Physics Education

Research areas include:

  • Astronomy and astrophysics
  • Biophysics
  • Condensed matter physics
  • Cosmology
  • General relativity
  • Particle physics
  • Physics education

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M.S. in Physics/Astrophysics Learning Objectives
  • Ability to use advanced mathematics to model, describe and analyze physical phenomena.
  • Ability to apply scientific concepts and principles.
  • Deep understanding in fundamental areas of physics, including: Classical Mechanics Electricity and Magnetism Quantum Mechanics
  • Ability to carry out original research (if completing a master's thesis).
  • Ability to communicate scientific ideas and results effectively, orally, and in writing, to professional colleagues (if completing a master's thesis).
Ph.D. in Physics/Astrophysics Learning Objectives
  • Deep understanding and proficiency in the fundamental fields of classical and quantum physics: Classical Mechanics Electricity and Magnetism Quantum Mechanics Statistical and Thermal Physics
  • Deep understanding of a selected specialized area of physics or astrophysics, including the tools and techniques of research in the field
  • Familiarity with the fundamental phenomena, concepts and methods of at least one other area outside of the student's field of specialization.
  • Ability to carry out independent, original research.
  • Ability to communicate scientific ideas and results effectively


Hugh Gallagher
Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D. , University of Minnesota
Experimental high-energy physics
Danilo Marchesini
Professor and Graduate Program Director
Ph.D. , SISSA, Trieste
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Timothy Atherton
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Exeter
Theoretical condensed matter physics
Bruce Boghosian
Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D. , University of California, Davis
Theoretical and computational fluid dynamics, quantum computation
Peggy Cebe
Ph.D. , Cornell University
Experimental condensed matter physics and Polymer physics
Larry Ford
Ph.D. , Princeton University
Cosmology and Astrophysics
Gary Goldstein
Ph.D. , University of Chicago
Experimental high-energy physics
David Hammer
Professor and Chair
Ph.D. , University of California
Physics education; Director of the Institute for Research on Learning and Instruction
Anthony W. Mann
Ph.D. , University of Massachusetts
Experimental high-energy physics
Austin Napier
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Experimental high-energy physics
Ken Olum
Research Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Fiorenzo Omenetto - Professor and S.O.E Dean of Research
Fiorenzo Omenetto
Frank C. Doble Professor and Dean of Research
Ph.D. , University of Pavia
Ultrafast nonlinear optics, nanophotonics, biopolymer multifunctional materials, photonic crystals, photonic crystal fibers
Anna Sajina
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Columbia University
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Krzystof Sliwa
Ph.D. , Jagiellonian, Institute of Nuclear Physics
Experimental high-energy physics
Igor Sokolov
Ph.D. , St. Petersburg State University (Russia); D.I. Mendeleev Institute of Metrology (Russia)
Nanomechanics of Cells, Molecules, Polymers; Photonic Sensors; Soft Condensed Matter and Biomedical Research; Energy-Related Materials and Sustainability, Surface Science and Engineering
Cristian Staii - Associate Professor
Cristian Staii
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Pennsylvania
Experimental condensed matter physics
Roger Tobin - Professor
Roger G. Tobin
Ph.D. , UC Berkeley
Experimental condensed matter physics; physics education
Thomas Vandervelde
Associate Professor and Program Director
Ph.D. , University of Virginia
The Interaction of Light with Matter, Physics of Nanostructures and Interfaces, Semiconductor Photonics and Electronics, Epitaxial Crystal Growth, Special Interest in the Area of Materials and Devices for Energy and Infrared Applications

Application Deadline

Fall: January 15*
*Recognizing the serious challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to our applicants and those considering graduate education opportunities, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will accept applications to the M.S. in Physics up to August 1, 2020 for fall enrollment for domestic students. Our Admissions team is working closely with our programs to evaluate completed applications in a timely manner.


> Application fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal statement
> Official GRE scores

- GRE Subject test scores strongly recommended

> Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
> Transcripts
> Three letters of recommendation


> Application fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal statement
> Official GRE required

- GRE subject test scores strongly recommended

> Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
> Transcripts
> Three letters of recommendation

For questions about this program, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact the graduate program director, Danilo Marchesini.

Department of Physics and Astronomy
574 Boston Ave.
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Medford, MA 02155 USA
Tel. 617-627-3029
Fax 617-627-3878