Physics and Space Sciences
Students applying for Fall admission to the graduate program should ensure that all required materials are received by Florida Tech no later than January 15, as we begin making our deliberations shortly after that date. We will be making first offers of Graduate Student Assistant (Teaching Assistant) financial support starting March 1.
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.
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.
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.
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.