Welcome to MSI !


If you really enjoy making things work.
If you really enjoy making things that work.


If you are a physical science major who is more of a lab person than anything else,
then you should consider the Master of Science Degree in Physics with Concentration in Instrumentation.


Why Instrumentation?


Instrumentation has always been at the heart of scientific advances, and will continue to dominate in the foreseeable future. Beginning with telescopes and microscopes, and advancing through spectroscopes and oscilloscopes, such "scopes" have enabled people to "see" things beyond the limits imposed by their sensory mechanisms. The evolution went from seeing to measuring, and then the concept of instruments changed drastically. Scientists developed generators, accelerators, lasers, and myriad other devices that could modify objects or create events, instead of just observing them.

The Master of Science in Physics with Concentration in Instrumentation program at Stony Brook (MSI) is designed to train professional physicists for careers in research at the frontiers of knowledge in universities, modern industries, government labs, hospitals, and other technologically oriented enterprises. Highly educated scientists at the Master's level are in great demand, and that need is expected to increase as the employment in the US is moving towards more high-tech jobs.The professional track through MSI may be especially valuable to those interested in industrial careers.

There are multiple tracks through the MSI program. The traditional track is for those students who want to pursue a purely technical career, and as such embodies the two laboratory projects: minor and major. The professional track exchanges the minor project for courses normally offered to MBA candidates, and is designed for those students who foresee some management or entrepreneurship activities in their future. It will eventually be affiliated with the incipient Professional Science Master's degree (http://www.sciencemasters.com/).

Students with financial need are eligible for a tuition scholarship and teaching assistantship for financial support during their first academic year. Fellowships for tuition and stipend are available from the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Satisfactory progress during the first year in the MSI program includes the student displaying adequate performance in course work and successfully associating with a research group in or affiliated with the Department of Physics and Astronomy that agrees to provide financial support in the form of a research assistantship and payment of tuition fees.

This two-year Master's degree program prepares professionals with the technical background of physicists. It is offered at Stony Brook University to those who wish to enter a growing area of science. Our alumni have enjoyed multiple job offers, even in challenging times.


Stony Brook University is deeply committed to the recruitment, retention and success of diverse students in its competitive graduate degree programs.