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Jump-start your career with the Master of Engineering Program (M.Eng.). This one-year master's program offers advanced study and training in Applied Physics. It provides valuable graduate training and research/design project experience sought after by industry, government and R&D organizations. It combines an interdisciplinary curriculum with a research or design project focused on applying physics to scientific and technological problems. The curriculum is tailored to fit the needs of individual students, and the project offers an opportunity for independent research under the supervision of leading scientists and engineers.

Advantages include:

  • The challenge of applying physics to scientific and engineering problems
  • An opportunity to pursue a flexible interdisciplinary curriculum
  • An opportunity for research experience with top scientists at the leading edge of their disciplines
  • A chance to gain advanced technical experience and specialized laboratory skills at a world renowned research institution.

The Curriculum

Students combine a research or design project with electives selected from a variety of applied physics related graduate fields. Thirty credit hours are required, which includes six to twelve credits for the design project. Courses include a core curriculum of applied quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics and applied mathematics in addition to electives in areas of applied physics, computer science, engineering, or biotechnology. The flexibility of the curriculum allows students, in consultation with their advisor, to select a program of study to meet their individual interests and educational goals.

Research and Design Projects

The project is chosen by the student in consultation with the representative of the program and is carried out under the direction of an appropriate member of the Engineering or Science graduate faculty at Cornell. The following are examples of some recent research and design projects completed by students in the program:

  • Chemical Synthesis and Nonlinear Optics in Microchannels
  • On-Chip DNA quantification
  • Fabrication of Graphene-Based Devices for the Study of Atomic Membrane Interfaces
  • Silicon Nanocrystals for Solar Cells
  • Engineering a radio-frequency Scanning Tunneling Microscope
  • Spatially-Resolved Photocurrent Imaging of PbSe Quantum Dots
  • Characterization and Measurement of Femtosecond Pulses using Autocorrelation Techniques
  • Computational Simulation of Electrohydrodynamic Systems Pertaining to Micro and Nano scale Fluid Flow Phenomenon
  • Compensation of wake-field-driven energy spread in Energy Recovery Linacs
  • 1550nm Normal-Dispersion Femtosecond Mode-Locking Fiber Laser
  • Technology Demonstration of the Scanning Double Half Wave Interferometer (DHWI) for use on the Stratosphereic Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIE)
  • Vacuum ultraviolet photo ionization studies of fuel-rich ethylene flames.

Career Options

Master of Engineering Physics recipients chose a variety of career options. Many have chosen employment in industry, government, private research and development, and the military; some have gone on to medical school, while others have gone on to complete their Ph.Ds in a wide range of technical fields.

Approximately half of recent graduates are employed in industry or research positions, while the remaining portion attend Ph.D. or professional programs in fields from biomedical engineering to acoustics and medicine to law.

Joint Master of Engineering/Master of Business Administration Degree

If you are interested in a management career in an engineering-based industry, you may want to earn master's degrees in both engineering and business administration. A cooperative arrangement between the College of Engineering and the Johnson Graduate School of Management enables you to earn both a Master of Engineering and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in five semesters or in four semesters and a summer. If this program interests you, please contact us for further information.


Individuals with an undergraduate degree in physics, engineering physics, or applied physics are eligible to apply. Those with a strong background in physics and a degree in a related area, such as chemistry, engineering, materials science, biophysics or mathematics are also encouraged to apply.

Master's of Engineering Application

Contact Information

Interim Director of Master of Engineering Program, Professor Joel Brock
Academic Programs Administrator, Cynthia Reynolds, 607 255-0638