Master of Engineering in Engineering Physics

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 and Engineering Physics.

AEP's M.Eng. program 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.

More Information

The 2022-2023 M.Eng Handbook reviews the program and its requirements in further depth. Financial aid is not available for the M.Eng. degree. For information about tuition and other details, visit the Engineering Physics M.Eng page on the Graduate School's website.

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.


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.

Visit Cornell University Graduate School for application details.  

Contact Information

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