The Department of Physics 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 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. The Department of Physics graduate program is open to all qualified graduates of universities and colleges of recognized standing. Prospective students must apply to the Graduate School and be accepted in full or conditional status before being eligible for an assistantship in the Department of Physics. Generally, graduate students are supported during the academic year by either teaching assistantships or research assistantships. The 2015-2016 academic year stipend is $17,000 for 9 months. Additional support duringthe summer is also possible. Graduate tuition (but not student fees) is fully waived for all teaching assistants and research assistants. The following equipment is available for research: atomic force microscope with multi-purpose low-noise electronic probe-station, confocal microscope, spectroscopes, global positioning system, picotesla magnetometry equipment, work stations; computer clusters, resources at the NDSU Center for Computationally Assisted Science & Technology; Nd:YAG and titanium: sapphire lasers; immediate access to scanning electron microscope; low- and high-field NMR; and X-ray powder diffractometer, materials processing lasers and a full complement of materials characterization equipment through the NDSU Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering. The Graduate Coordinator or Chair assigns to each incoming graduate student a temporary adviser who assists 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. For the Master of Science, each student must earn at least 30 graduate credits, numbered 601-798, of which: at least 10 credits are Physics courses numbered 601-689 or 700-789; at least 16 credits are didactic courses numbered 601-689 or 700-789; between 6 and 10 credits are Physics 798 (Master's Thesis); and at least one credit must be Physics 790 Graduate Seminar. Students are required to attend all seminars and colloquia. For the Accelerated Master of Science, students must meet all requirements of the Physics bachelor and master programs. For the master’s degree, students must earn at least 30 graduate credits, numbered 601-798, with these conditions: 1) at least 21 credits are didactic Physics courses from this list: PHYS 611, 611L, 613, 615, 655, 662, 663, 681, 685, 686, 752, 758, 761, 771, 781, 782; 2) up to 15 credits from this list may count toward the bachelor program requirements. It is recommended that students take the 600-level of PHYS 455/655, 462/662, 485/685, and 486/686 while fulfilling the requirements for the bachelor’s degree; 3) between 6 and 8 credits are PHYS 798 (Master’s Thesis), with the goal to publish a paper based on the thesis research, although this is not a requirement to graduate, and 4) at least one credit is PHYS 790 Graduate Seminar. The Ph.D. program requires the completion of at least 90 graduate credits, numbered 601-799. Credits used to satisfy the requirements for the M.S. degree may be included in the total: 1) 27 or more must be in letter-graded courses; 2) 19 are the required physics courses (655, 752, 758, 761, 771, 781, and 790); and 3) no more than 12 credits are in non-physics courses. Students are required to attend all seminars and colloquia.
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International Student Requirements:
TOEFL ibT 79 or IELTS 6 for Research Assistantship; TOEFL ibT 81 (speaking 23, writing 21) or IELTS 7 (speaking and writing 6) for Teaching Assistantship