Graduate Programs

Welcome to the Graduate Program of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. We offer Doctorate (Ph.D.) and Masters (M.S.) degrees along with the Master of Engineering (M.E.) degree in Engineering Physics.

Calendar year Teaching Assistantships pay $20,800 and include tuition waiver and subsidized health insurance (total value near $50,000).

Graduate Programs

Research Centers

  • Laboratory for Surface Science & Technology ( LASST)
    • Interdisciplinary research projects and technology transfer activities in the areas of surfaces and interfaces, thin films, microelectronic devices, sensor technology, and nanotechnology.
  • Physics Education Research Laboratory- PERL
  • BioPhysics Research Group
    • High Resolution Microscopy & Spectroscopy/FPALM
  • Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center)
    • Integrated approach to University-based research and professional development in science and mathematics education

Students can choose their research topics from a wide range of theoretical or experimental areas, including, but not limited to the following:

Multidisciplinary research projects available with faculty in the Departments of Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Biochemistry, Computer Science and Geological Sciences.

Current Graduate Student? Looking for a Program of Study, graduation form or Progress Report? You can find them all here!

For more information, contact
James McClymer , Graduate Coordinator
(email contact preferred)
Rm. 206 Bennett Hall
(207)581-1034

MST Program
The RiSE Center hosts an interdisciplinary Master of Science in Teaching program for prospective science and mathematics teachers that includes a physics concentration. For more information about the MST Program, contact
Susan McKay, RiSE Center Director
Rm. 111 Estabrooke Hall
(207)581-1019/(207)581-4678

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