Physics and Space Sciences

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Graduate Degrees

Students applying for Fall admission to the graduate program should ensure that all required materials are received by Florida Tech Graduate Admissions no later than January 15, as our review process begins on that date. We make our first offers of Graduate Teaching Assistantships (with financial support) starting March 1.

Physics: Master of Science Degree Program

Graduate study in physics at the master's level generally follows one of two tracks. It either aims to provide a sound core-course education in several fundamental, broad areas of physics at an advanced level to prepare the student for continued and specialized study forward the doctorate, or it may be directed toward preparing the student to apply physics in industry or in other nonacademic environments. Course work for the latter track tends to be more specialized and narrowly oriented. The Master of Science program in physics attempts to serve both types of objectives and offers a balanced combination of basic core courses and those designed for applied physicists.

Physics: Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program

The doctoral degree is conferred primarily to recognize the individual who has demonstrated a satisfactory breadth and level of scientific accomplishment and has the ability to investigate scientific problems independently. It is also expected that the successful candidate for the degree will have advanced or played a significant part in the advancement of fundamental knowledge in physics.

Space Sciences: Master of Science Degree Program

The space sciences graduate program stresses astrophysics, space and planetary physics, cosmic ray physics, space instrumentation, physics of lightning, solar - terrestrial interrelations, terrestrial geomagnetism and stellar photometry. Graduate study in space sciences at the master's level prepares the graduate for a wide range of scientific technical responsibilities in industry and government related directly or indirectly to the space program.

Space Sciences: Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program

The space sciences comprise an interdisciplinary field that includes astronomy, astrophysics, planetary and solar studies, lightning physics, and space physics. By nature a broad subject, graduate study in the space sciences can be narrowly focused within one of these specializations. Florida Tech's doctoral degree in space sciences provides training with the breadth and depth consistent with the highest level degree. Such training produces qualified professionals for teaching and research in academic institutions and for research and related work in government and industry.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  • We require 3 letters of recommendation that must be submitted by your letter writers via email to with the title "Recommendation letter: Your Name".
  • Our application process is entirely online, and all application materials and questions about the applications process should be submitted to
  • If you do not wish to be considered for a TA position, general applications can be submitted at any time.
  • You should hold, or be about to graduate from, an undergraduate degree in physics or a closely related field. "Closely related" means that you have taken upper level undergradaute classes in Physical Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, Electromagnetic Theory, and Quantum Mechanics. A strong applicant will have grades of B or higher in these undergraduate classes. 
  • One application will cover both Physics & Space Sciences.
  • You may apply directly to the PhD program without an MS, but you will still have to fulfil all the graduation requirements of the PhD. 
  • We require a TOEFL of > 100 in order for an international student to be considered for an assistantship.
  • For processing VISAs, international students must have applied, and be admitted, by April 30th.
  • We do not require an applicant to take the GRE, however a score in the upper 1/2 (50% below) in the Physics subject exam will result in a waiver for our graduate diagnostic exams, and upper 1/3 (66% below) a waiver for our PhD qualification exams.


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