218 South Engineering, 1211 Albrecht Blvd, NDSU Dept. 2755, P.O. Box 6050, Fargo, North Dakota 58108, United States of America

North Dakota State University

218 South Engineering, 1211 Albrecht Blvd, NDSU Dept. 2755, P.O. Box 6050, Fargo, North Dakota 58108, United States of America


We prepare the next generation of problem solvers who enable science, engineering and industry to push the frontiers of human knowledge.

We are a mid-size and steadily growing department with a diverse faculty and student body. As a Partnership Institution of the American Physical Society Bridge Program and an NSF Advance Institution, we are committed to building and sustaining the diversity of our program. Our students come from near and far (e.g., Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Jordan) and are active beyond the classroom and lab in science outreach and social events, organized through our graduate student club ("Grad Phi"). Ours is a research-intensive program with unique strengths in biophysics, computational physics, nanomaterials, physics education research, and soft matter physics. NDSU is a student-focused, land grant, research university, known internationally for its innovative research, educational, and athletic programs. Fargo, the largest city in North Dakota, West Fargo, and Moorhead -- across the Red River in Minnesota -- together comprise a metropolitan area of over 200,000 residents, with a vibrant arts and cultural scene and many recreational opportunities on and off the water.

Program Requirements

30 graduate credits; thesis; oral examination on thesis and general physics through graduate courses.

90 graduate credits; core sequence in mathematical methods, electromagnetic theory, quantum mechanics, statistical physics, and solid state physics; written and oral comprehensive examination on research proposal and general physics through graduate courses; dissertation; oral defense of dissertation.
GRE Requirements: Not Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

We are a mid-sized department with a strong focus on soft matter, biophysics, nanomaterials, and Physics Education Research. Our moderate size and unique research focus create many opportunities for student-faculty interactions, from small classes to interdisciplinary projects to outreach events. Graduate students are strongly encouraged to attend and present at conferences. Our graduate student group (Grad Phi) and our SPS group organize many social and outreach activities. Among our community outreach activities are Science Fun Night (at local elementary schools), Avenues of Scientific Discovery (for high school students), Boo@NDSU (on Halloween for all ages), and the Red River Market. Fargo, the largest city in North Dakota and fourth fastest-growing small city in the country, is the core of a metropolitan area with a population of over 220,000, a vibrant cultural and arts scene, and many outdoor recreational opportunities throughout the year.