2017 Top Schools for a Master's in Physics

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The five schools that make up our list of the top schools offering a master's in physics were chosen based on ratings of current and former students. The top school on our list is the College of William and Mary, which received a Student Score of 91.04 and boasts a 100% recommendation rating among students surveyed. The price of earning a master's degree can be high, so researching alumni outcomes is important to help students feel more confident that they will be satisfied with their educational experiences.

North Carolina State University, which sits in our number two spot, received a Student Score of 84.95. Students who reviewed this school praised the professors in the physics department, with one reviewer commenting that “They are reasonable with their workload and are always willing to help students.” Another student had similar feelings, saying that they felt that the physics program is an “Excellent program with professors that really care about their students.” Click on the names of the schools listed below to read more about what graduates have to say about the top-ranked colleges for earing a master's in physics.

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Rank College Campus Location 2017 Student Score
#1 #1 College of William and Mary Campus Location Williamsburg (VA) 2017 Student Score 91.04
#2 #2 North Carolina State University Campus Location Raleigh (NC) 2017 Student Score 84.95
#3 #3 Yale University Campus Location New Haven (CT) 2017 Student Score 83.07
#4 #4 Boston University Campus Location Boston (MA) 2017 Student Score 82.57
#5 #5 University of California - Berkeley Campus Location Berkeley (CA) 2017 Student Score 80.14


Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a 2017 Top Programs List, at least ten students from that particular major must have submitted feedback on their institution. Graduate Programs only considers regionally or nationally accredited, non-profit institutions for our rankings. Aggregated student rating values were multiplied by 20 to create a Student Score out of 100; in the event of a tie, schools were awarded the same rank value.

Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2016-2017 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from your institution of choice for more details.

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This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.