North Dakota State University

12 months
655 USD/credit
561 USD/credit
374 USD/credit
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The Department of Physics at North Dakota State University offers graduate study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Advanced work may involve specialized training in the following areas: biophysics, computational physics, condensed matter, nanomaterials, physics education research, polymer physics, soft matter physics, and statistical mechanics.


Research and academic programs at North Dakota State University are tailored to meet individual needs and interests. New students are strongly urged to visit faculty members to discuss research opportunities soon after their arrival.

Learning outcomes

NDSU's Materials and Nanotechnology Center is located in the Research and Technology Park. The Physics Center is equipped with two state-of-the-art wet labs, a synthesis lab, optical characterization facilities (optical/NIR fluorescence microscopy, laser-scanning confocal microscopy, and light scattering/reflectometry), and surface characterization facilities (nano-indentation and atomic-force microscopy). 

There are seven fume hoods in the lab space, as well as a number of synthesis tools, including a Beckman Coulter Optima L-80 XP Ultracentrifuge. We also have access to state-of-the-art chemical synthesis facilities in the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Coatings and Polymeric Materials, including a Photo Emissions Tech Model SS50AAA Solar Simulator equipped with a Keithley 2400 Series Source meter. NDSU’s Center for Computationally Assisted Science and Technology (CCAST) provides large-scale computing resources to NDSU users.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Optics for Scientists & Engineers
  • Optics for Scientists and Engineers Lab
  • Lasers for Scientists and Engineers
  • Elements of Photonics
  • Thermal and Statistical Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics 
  • Mathematical Methods in Physics
  • Statistical Physics
  • Electromagnetism

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The Graduate Coordinator or Chair shall assign to each incoming graduate student a temporary advisor, who shall assist in the selection of courses. 
  • During the first semester, the student is expected to discuss potential projects for thesis research with faculty members. 
  • By the beginning of the second semester, the student must have a permanent research supervisor. By the end of the second semester, the student must have filed a plan of study, selected a thesis topic, and secured two additional faculty members for the Advisory Committee.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    655 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 655 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    561 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 561 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    374 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 374 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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