Academic Programs

Master of Science in Physics

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 teaching emphasis

and two different research emphases

  • Basic Physics
  • Applied Physics

Department faculty conduct research in the following areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Elementary Particles and Fields, Accelerator Physics and Physics Education Research

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.

Course Requirements