Each student accepted into the Applied and Industrial Physics program will be assigned an interim
advisor to plan an initial program of study. During the first semester, the student will select a
thesis advisor and committee. In consultation with his/her advisor and committee, the student will
define and plan the full program of coursework and research tailored to his or her specific interests and goals.
A minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework and research is required. At least twelve (12) of these
hours must be courses in Physics, with the remainder in fields relevant to a career in industry.
A minimum of six (6) hours and a maximum of ten (10) hours of research is required during the course of the program.
This requirement may be satisfied by an industrial internship or by a research project on campus.
In either case, the project is arranged in cooperation with a faculty advisor.
When the student works at an industrial site, the company, in consultation with the student and student advisor,
will designate a supervisor for the student.
The student, thesis advisor, and industrial supervisor will meet at regular intervals to discuss the student's progress.
A project report on the research project must be submitted at the completion of the program.
The entire program is designed to be completed in two years;
extension beyond this period requires the approval of the student's advisory committee.
Special arrangements are possible for persons currently employed in industry who wish to enroll on a part-time basis.
A student doing an industrial internship will prepare a resume and go through the same interview process as
they would for a permanent position.
The following companies have been contacted and would consider taking an intern from our program:
A student, with approval of his/her advisor committee, may choose their own internship company.
Application materials may be obtained by writing to:
Department of Physics
Blacksburg VA 24061-0435
Phone : (540) 231-6544
Fax : (540) 231-7511
Email (@vt.edu) : chris.thomas
Please indicate on your application that you are interested in the
Applied and Industrial Physics master's option
For more information, contact
Professor Victoria Soghomonian
Phone : (540) 231-5286
Email (@vt.edu) : soghomon
Applicants should complete their undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university prior to admission. A strong background in physics is a requirement of this program. We require the Graduate Record Examination general and subject test.