• General Instrumentation: This track is designed to meet the needs of modern industry, hospitals, and research laboratories for technically trained people with thorough scientific background and practical skills in designing, building, and operating scientific instruments. Such jobs are often filled by people whose education is not directed toward this particular need. Many of them presently take on-the-job training in precisely the topics this program teaches.

  • Professional Track The professional track is designed to transform into the Professional Science Master's (PSM) degree, a rapidly expanding program nationwide that offers science students a professional component that may include internships and "cross-training" in business and communications (see It consists of the two years of MSI education in modern research instrumentation complemented by at least nine credits of courses in Stony Brook's College of Business. On the national scale, the programs have been developed in concert with industry and are designed to dovetail into present and future professional career opportunities. There are currently more than 120 PSM degree programs at over 60 colleges and universities nationwide. The PSM programs are supported by the Sloan Foundation, the Council of Graduate Schools, and a host of other academic and scientific organizations. The National Research Council has written:
      "Industry, government, and nonprofits need employees who have deep scientific knowledge as well as skills to apply that knowledge in innovative ways. A reinvigorated master's degree in the natural sciences can answer the demand for such science professionals and help ensure that the U.S. has the work force it needs to stay competitive."
    in reference to the developing PSM programs. More information about the business component of the track is here.

  • Synchrotron Radiation: The Department of Energy is constructing a new National Synchrotron Light Source(NSLS II) at Brookhaven Laboratory (BNL). This track is coordinated with the needs of NSLS II, and many of our graduates may find attractive job opportunities there. Students in this track should take "Applications of Synchrotron Radiation". Fellowships for tuition and stipend are available from BNL.

  • Accelerator Physics: This track is for students interested in accelerator instrumentation and the operation of particle accelerators. Stony Brook and BNL scientists involved in the new Center for Accelerator Science and Education (CASE) will offer training through lecture courses, laboratory practice and experiments on accelerators. Students on this track are required to take "Introduction to Accelerator Physics". Fellowships for tuition and stipend are available from CASE or from BNL.
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