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Physics

Program Summary

The Master of Science in physics is designed for students interested in teaching or research. The department offers three specializations for the M.S.: applied physics, basic physics and physics teaching. Within these specializations students can work with faculty on thesis problems in the areas of condensed matter physics, elementary particles and fields, accelerator physics and physics education research. Whether you are looking for a teacher licensure program or a graduate degree to further your knowledge, you will study the fundamentals and interactions of matter as you develop your desired focus to create a unique program of study.

Graduate Catalog Program Information

Program-Specific Admission Information and Requirements

Affiliated College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Degree(s) Offered: M.S. in Physics

Area(s) of Emphasis:

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Elementary Particles and Fields
  • Accelerator Physics
  • Secondary Education

Program Requires GRE: Yes

Letters of Recommendation: 2

University Requirements

Application Deadlines

All application materials must be received by the appropriate deadline below to ensure priority consideration.

Internationals Living Abroad Applicants Residing in the U.S. Priority Consideration
Fall May 1 July 15 February 1
Spring October 1 December 10 August 15
Summer June 1 February 1

For More Information

Department of Physics
202 La Tourette Hall
Program website
(815) 753-1772

Director of Graduate Studies:
Dr. Philippe Piot
ppiot@niu.edu
(815) 753-6473

Application Contact: 
Carlos Garcia
cgarcia9@niu.edu
(815) 753-1047

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