The Department of Physics offers a program leading to a Master of Science. Over the course of the past twenty years, NIU's MS program has been highly ranked by the AIP and about half our current graduate students are masters students. We offer a a teaching emphasis and two different research emphases(described below) which allow work in the following areas:
The Department of Physics makes special efforts to accommodate the needs of students such as employees of nearby industrial or government laboratories and teachers employed in the region who wish to gain M.S. degrees in physics on either a part-time or a full-time basis. The department also tries to meet the needs of students whose undergraduate degree is not physics or who are returning to school after a prolonged absence. Theses may be written in absentia.