Admission Information

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

Submit your admission application online.

If you have any further questions regarding our program, contact the director of graduate studies at If you have questions regarding the application process, contact the graduate school via e-mail at

We look forward to receiving your application!

Application Materials

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 the graduate manual for supplemental information on requirements for graduate degrees in Physics.

Deadline Information

The deadline for spring and spring admission application is respectively May 1 and Oct. 1 (international students). A limited number of teaching assistantships (TA) is generally available. You should complete your application before Feb. 1st (fall applicants) or Aug. 15 (spring applicants), if you wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship.

To receive a TA position, a speaking subset score of 24 on the TOEFL, 7 on the IELTS or 100 on the production and conversation sections of the Duolingo test is required for all international students for whom these tests are required by the university. View the list of exempt countries.

Students interested in an RA position should contact potential faculty mentors directly upon admission.

Payment Exemptions

Per graduate school guidelines, the following individuals are exempt from payment of the application fee: individuals who received a GRE fee waiver, McNair Scholars, and qualified veterans under the Illinois Veterans' Grant (IVG) Program. If you believe you qualify, you should directly contact the Graduate School to learn how to receive a fee-waiver code at