The Department of Physics awards a Master of Science in Applied Physics, and is a major participant in an interdisciplinary PhD in Engineering and Applied Science. Admission decisions will be based primarily on grade-point average, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, and letters of recommendation. Foreign applicants (non-English speaking countries) must also have a satisfactory TOEFL score. Minimum TOEFL score (composite) is 79 iBT (internet) or 550 paper-based.  Recommended minimum GRE scores are 300 (verbal + quantitative) and 3.5 on analytical writing.  

Master of Science in Applied Physics

The Master of Science in Applied Physics has both a thesis and a non-thesis option. For the thesis option, students must earn at least 24 hours of course work in addition to the 6 thesis credit hours. For the non-thesis option, 33 hours of course work are required. For both options, the graduate work must include a minimum of 18 hours of physics. More information... (PDF format)

PhD in Engineering and Applied Science (ENAS)

 Physics-based students enrolling in the interdisciplinary PhD program in Engineering and Applied Science must have a Masters degree from an accredited college or university in engineering, physics, mathematics, geophysics, computer science, or other closely related field, or be willing to complete course work required in the existing Masters' programs in the Department of Physics while pursuing the PhD. Students in Engineering and Applied Science should satisfy core course requirements at the doctoral level in broadly-based areas involving mechanics and electricity and magnetism, and minimally (outside of those two broad areas) at the masters level in course work in areas (for example) such as acoustics, applied group theory, computational physics, condensed matter physics, geophysics, mathematical methods of physics, molecular structure, non-linear dynamics, optics, quantum mechanics, signal processing, solid state physics, or statistical mechanics. More information... (PDF format)
TO APPLY Application for graduate admission requires two steps. First, you must apply for admission to the university. You can do this on-line at Second, to be considered for teaching assistantships, research assistantships or fellowships, you must also provide additional information directly to the Department of Physics. Download the "Program Information" form (PDF format) and mail/e-mail the completed form to the graduate coordinator, Dr. Leszek Malkinski. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Malkinski by email,, or postal mail: Dr. Leszek Malkinski Graduate Coordinator Department of Physics University of New Orleans 2000 Lakeshore Dr. New Orleans, LA 70148


Assistantships are available to well-qualified students. Typically, the department has 4 new teaching assistantsships each year. Complete the “Program Information” form to be considered for an assistantship. Teaching assistants work up to 20 hours per week carrying out instructional duties in our undergraduate laboratories and recitations, as well as the physics tutoring center. Currently, stipends are $1300/month for the 9-month academic year, along with a tuition waiver. In addition, summer employment may be available. Research assistantships which provide stipends and tuition are usually available to graduate students from those faculty members who have external grant or contract support in various physics subfields such as acoustics, condensed matter/materials physics, computational physics or signal processing. Stipends and awards are determined by the individual faculty members.
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