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.

Meteorology: Master of Science Degree Program

The meteorology graduate program focuses on understanding Earth’s gaseous envelope, predicting its evolution, and mitigating human impacts. The program is interdisciplinary and draws on expertise from the College of Science, the College of Aeronautics, and the College of Engineering and Computing. The meteorology graduate program can have special emphasis on marine meteorology, water resources, atmospheric chemistry, aviation meteorology or remote sensing, and it is intended for students pursuing advanced careers within the American Meteorological Society, the NOAA National Weather Service, NASA, and the U.S. Armed Forces.

Physics: Master of Science Degree Program

Graduate study in physics at the master's level can follow one of two tracks. 1) A strong core education in fundamental physics at an advanced level in preparation for the continued and specialized study at the doctorate level. 2) Preparation for advanced careers in physics related industry or other nonacademic environments. The Master of Science program in physics serves both tracks and offers a balanced combination of core courses and those designed for applied physicists.

Physics: Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program

The doctoral degree is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated a satisfactory breadth and depth of scientific accomplishment, and has the ability to investigate scientific problems independently. Successful candidates will have advanced, or played a significant part in the advancement of, a new knowledge in physics.

Space Sciences: Master of Science Degree Program

The space sciences graduate program stresses astrobiology, astrophysics, space and planetary physics, cosmic ray physics, space instrumentation, the physics of lightning, solar - terrestrial interrelations, and terrestrial geomagnetism. Graduate study in space sciences at the master's level prepares a student for a wide range of scientific technical responsibilities, in industry or 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 astrobiology, astronomy, astrophysics, planetary and solar studies, lightning physics, and space physics. Doctoral studies in the space sciences can be narrowly focused within one of these specializations. The doctoral degree provides training at the highest possible scholarly level. 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 grad-admissions@fit.edu 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 grad-admissions@fit.edu.
  • 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.

 

Your first point of contact for questions not addressed above is universe@fit.edu