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Physics, M.S.

College of Arts and Sciences

Take your passion for physics and astronomy to the next level with world-class mentors, whether you're studying subatomic particles or investigating the mysteries of distant galaxies.

At USC, you’ll find state-of-the-art research facilities, such as the Center for Experimental Nanoscale Physics, as well as opportunities to collaborate with top research facilities around the world ― and beyond, with the help of space telescopes. The Master of Science in Physics will help you pursue careers in research and education.

Program Highlights

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    Top Facilities

    Research at world-renowned facilities such as CERN, Fermilab, Jefferson Lab and NASA.

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    Exciting Research

    Explain the fundamental principles shaping the universe and life as we know it through cutting-edge experimental and theoretical research.

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    A Notable Faculty

    Learn from our award-winning faculty with significant networks in private industry, agencies and partner institutions.

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    Small Classes

    Find faculty mentors, collaborators and a community of peer scholars, with all the benefits that come with smaller class sizes.

What You’ll Study

Master the fundamental branches of physics and their applications. Comprehensive experimental research programs are available in high-energy physics, nuclear/intermediate energy physics, condensed matter physics/nanoscience and astrophysics. The program culminates in a thesis and oral examination.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Analytical Reasoning

    Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions

    Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making

    Laboratory Research

    Conducting experiments and analyzing data to gain new knowledge and insights in a scientific field

  • Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

    Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Educator
  • Researcher
  • Physicist
  • College Instructor
  • Engineer

Workplace Settings

  • Academia
  • Industrial Research
  • Government Agencies
  • Military
  • Business

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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