Thank you for your interest in pursuing graduate studies in Physics at Northern Illinois University (NIU).
Please follow the instructions on http://www.niu.edu/grad/admissions/apply-now.shtml 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 http://www.physics.niu.edu/physics/. The university-wide general requirements for a PhD degree can be found in the online graduate catalog: http://catalog.niu.edu/ (choose "2016-2017 Graduate Catalog" from the pull-down menu near top right).
See http://www.physics.niu.edu/physics/academic/grad/grad_manual.pdf for supplemental information on requirements for graduate degrees in Physics.
The deadline for Fall 2017 admission application is May 1, but if you are interested in a Teaching Assistantship (TA), you should complete your application before Feb 01, 2017. All graduate-student applicants are automatically considered for 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 - PhD 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 full tuition waiver.
If you have any further questions regarding our program, do not hesitate to contact the director of graduate studies at email@example.com . If you have questions regarding the application process you should directly contact the graduate school via e-mail to GradSch@niu.edu. We look forward to receiving your application.