Optics & Materials

Program Overview

Currently, there is tremendous growth in the fields of optics and condensed matter, caused by rapid developments in superconductivity, electro optic materials, optical, acoustical, and NMR imaging, semiconductor devices, tomography,  holography, and image processing.  The Physics Department at Cleveland State University offers a M.S. degree in physics with an emphasis on Optics and Materials designed for scientists and engineers who wish to develop competence in these rapidly advancing fields. 

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Admission Requirements

Fall Application Deadline: In order to be considered for financial support all applications must be received by May 1.

Prerequisites: an undergraduate degree in physics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, or an allied field. Students with deficient backgrounds are required to register for additional courses to remove deficiencies.

GRE Requirement: Required general test with verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing. The Math portion of the GRE has to be at least in the 50th percentile.

Letters Of Recommendation: Required two letters of recommendation.

TOEFL Requirement: Students whose undergraduate training is not in the United States must take the TOEFL and score above 600 (paper version) and the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and score above 300.

Degree Completion Requirements

A minimum of 32 credits are required, chosen from the following list or approved substitutions:

  • PHY 520: Computational Physics, 4cr
  • PHY 550: Optics, 4cr
  • PHY 555: Advanced Optics Lab, 4cr
  • PHY 560: Lasers, 4cr
  • PHY 565: Image Processing, 4cr
  • PHY 580: Optical Materials, 4cr
  • PHY 598: Project, 4cr
  • PHY 660: Electronics, 4cr
  • PHY 680: Physics of Materials, 4cr