Nanoscale Science

Nanoscale Science

Dagmar Beck
Program Director

Lindsey Hodge
Program Administrator

The professional master's degree in Nanoscale Science combines a strong component of quantum theory, which governs the behavior of systems at the nanoscale, with the study of practical nano- and mesoscale devices. The program provides the student with the knowledge required to navigate successfully the emerging field of nanotechnology. New courses cover cutting-edge areas such as quantum behavior of nanostructures, quantum nanotechnology, nanoscale imaging, and the fabrication of nanostructures. In addition, a year-long course in methods of experimental physics ensures that students obtain the advanced practical skills valuable to industry.

The MS in Nanoscale Science (MSNS) degree is part of the professional science master’s (PSM) program at Rice housed in the Wiess School of Natural Sciences. These master’s degrees are designed for students seeking to gain further scientific core expertise coupled with enhanced management, communication, and leadership skills, instilling a level of scholastic proficiency that exceeds that of the bachelor’s level, and creating the cross-functional aptitudes needed in modern industry. This will allow students to move more easily into management careers in consulting or research and development, design, and marketing of new science-based products.

A coordinated MBA/MSNS degrees program is also offered in conjunction with the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business.

Nanoscale Science does not currently offer an academic program at the undergraduate level.


F. Barry Dunning


Andrew R. Barron
Rui-Rui Du
Jason H. Hafner
Thomas C. Killian
Douglas Natelson
Frank R. Toffoletto

Assistant Professors

Isabell Thomann

For Rice University degree-granting programs:
To view the list of official course offerings, please see Rice’s Course Catalog
To view the most recent semester’s course schedule, please see Rice's Course Schedule

Description and Code Legend 

Note: Internally, the university uses the following descriptions, codes, and abbreviations for this academic program. The following is a quick reference: 

Course Catalog/Schedule 

  • Course offerings/subject codes: Courses from various subjects may apply towards the graduate degree.

Department Description and Code

  • Physics: PHYS

Graduate Degree Description and Code

  • Master of Science in Nanoscale Science degree: MSNS

Graduate Degree Program Description and Code

  • Degree Program in Nanoscale Science: NSSC 

CIP Code and Description1

  • NSSC Major/Program: CIP Code/Title: 40.0802 - Atomic/Molecular Physics