Seton Hall launches new Master of Science in applied physics and engineering

Seton Hall University has launched its new Master of Science in applied physics and engineering, with inquiries and applications for Fall 2023 now being accepted.

Offered in the traditional, on-campus format, the program is designed to prepare students with the education and professional skills for the 21st-century science, technology, engineering and mathematics workforce. The program consists of 30 credits and takes two years to complete.

“The demand for professionals with applied physics and engineering backgrounds continues to grow across industries from technology, aerospace, energy, health care and many others,” Mehmet Alper Sahiner, professor and chair in the Department of Physics, said.

“The program blends advanced applied physics coursework with engineering fields such as nanoscience, quantum engineering, renewal energy research, condensed matter physics, material science, biophysics and bioengineering and more — helping young researchers and scientists meet the demands of the modern industry.”

How it works

Students begin the program by taking foundational coursework in physics (20 credits), covering topics such as quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism, statistical physics and advanced mechanics. Following, students select a research concentration area, in which they complete 8 credits of research and 10 credits of elective courses.

The three research concentration options are applied physics; engineering physics; or materials science and engineering. Upon selection, students can further explore areas including biophysics and physics of living systems; plasma engineering; nanoscience/quantum computing and information sciences; bioengineering; and many more.

The new program embodies cross-disciplinary collaboration at the university as well, with teaching faculty comprised not only from the Department of Physics, but also from the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry as well as Mathematics and Computer Science.

Students will have the opportunity to work alongside faculty on research projects in the university’s state-of-the-art Science and Technology Center, gaining valuable hands-on experience and the chance to contribute cutting-edge developments in their field of choice.