Ph.D. On Campus

Applied Physics and Materials Science

Northern Arizona University

24 months
25708 USD/year
25708 USD/year
10480 USD/year
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The Applied Physics and Materials Science program of the Northern Arizona University prepares graduates for meaningful and fulfilling careers in the application of physics or materials science to critical areas of national need.


Purpose Statement

The creation of the Applied Physics and Materials Science program of the Northern Arizona University will position NAU to attract students to a unique state program.  Students within this research-intensive PhD program may pursue emphasis in either: Applied Physics (e.g. condensed matter physics, application of quantum phenomena to materials) or Materials Science (e.g. interfacial science, soft or hard materials synthesis, analytical method development).  Each student within the program will complete common courses to provide the students with a breadth of knowledge in physics and materials science, while also creating a common language for scientific collaboration.  Each student may then focus their area of coursework study with electives taken within or external to the program.

The Applied Physics and Materials Science PhD program, with institutional support, will have a launch date of Fall, 2019.  This new academic plan will be supported within the College of Engineering, Informatics and Applied Sciences, however academic mentors to PhD students will be from units within CEAIS and CEFNS.   Students completing their PhD in this program will be conferred a degree in Applied Physics and Materials Science, with emphases in Applied Physics or Materials Science.


Career opportunities that might be pursued:

  • Application of physics or material science critical to areas of national need

With further education, one of these paths is possible:

  • Professor
  • Staff Scientist and thought leader at National Laboratory
  • Scientist to Chief Science Officer of industrial company
  • Program Manager at a national funding agency
  • Chief Science Officer at not-for-profit.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Condensed Matter Of Physics Of Materials
  • Professional Proposal Writing In Applied Sciences
  • Thermodynamics Of Disparate Materials
  • Supramolecular Materials Chemistry
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Biomaterials

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
  • Transcripts
  • A minimum of a B.S. degree in Physics, Materials Science, Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, or equivalent.
    • Three references (submitted via a web interface)
    • A personal history statement and statement of purpose
    • A resume or curriculum vitae
    • International applicants will be requested to submit official TOEFL IBT/IELTS scores taken within the last two years. 
    • Students who have completed relevant coursework in their previous graduate studies may qualify to receive up to 18 units of credit toward the degree requirements of the APMS program with course equivalencies determined by the APMS Associate Director and graduate assessment committee. 

Tuition Fee

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    25708 USD/year
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    25708 USD/year
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  • In-State

    10480 USD/year
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Living costs for Flagstaff

1010 - 1500 USD /month
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