Application to Graduate Programs
in Physics at NIU


Thank you for your interest in pursuing graduate studies in Physics at Northern Illinois University (NIU).

Please follow the instructions on to submit your admission application online.

All application materials must be submitted to the graduate school. Do not send any documents directly to the department of Physics or to myself.

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Additional information about the department -- its academic program, faculty profiles, research activities etc. -- can be found at The university-wide general requirements for a PhD degree can be found in the online graduate catalog: (choose "2017-2018 Graduate Catalog" from the pull-down menu near top right).

See for supplemental information on requirements for graduate degrees in Physics.

The deadline for Fall 2018 admission application is May 1 (international students). A limited number of Teaching Assistantships (TA) will be available. You should complete your application before February 1, 2018, if you wish to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship. All graduate-student applicants are automatically considered for an assistantship. You do not have to submit a separate application for that at the time of initial application for admission.  Although financial support cannot be guaranteed in advance, most of the time we are able to offer all admitted graduate students - Ph.D. as well as MS - teaching assistantship for one year, at least. Good students are usually able to find research assistantship (RA) after that. Both TA and RA appointments also include a partial tuition waiver.

Per graduate school guidelines, the following individuals are exempt from payment of the application fee: NIU operating and supportive professional staff, employed and retired NIU faculty, individuals who received a GRE fee waiver, McNair Scholars, and qualified veterans under the Illinois Veterans' Grant (IVG) Program. Also exempt are students who have been enrolled in NIU graduate programs within one year prior to the start of the term for which they are seeking admission. If you believe you qualify, you should directly contact the Graduate School to learn how to receive a fee-waiver code at

If you have any further questions regarding our program, do not hesitate to contact the director of graduate studies at . If you have questions regarding the application process you should directly contact the graduate school via e-mail to We look forward to receiving your application.