Application to Graduate Programs
in Physics at NIU


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

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.

For deadlines see:

The university-wide general requirements for a Ph.D. degree can be found in the online graduate catalog

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

The deadline for Spring 2019 admission application is October 1, 2018 (international students). A limited number of Teaching Assistantships (TA) will be available. You should complete your application before August 15, 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, contact the director of graduate studies at If you have questions regarding the application proces, contact the graduate school via e-mail to

We look forward to receiving your application!