Physics Graduate


Contribute to important research projects and travel to national meetings.

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Physicists help us understand the world at its most fundamental level, from the smallest particles to the universe itself.


Master of Science (M.S.)
The Master of Science (M.S.) in Physics will prepare students for a variety of career paths, including further study leading to the Ph.D.

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Physics grads are invaluable in industries dealing with nuclear energy, electronics, communications, aerospace, medical instrumentation and more.

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Admission Requirements

Required Exam

M.S.: General GRE
Ph.D.: Physics Subject GRE

To receive full consideration for financial support, applications must be received by February 15.

Application Requirements

  • $35 application fee
  • 250 word minimum statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • GRE test scores

Application Deadline

8 weeks before classes start

The Classroom & Beyond

  • Center for Ultra-low Background Experiments at Dakota (CUBED) will allow USD and collaborators to fully participate in experiments planned for the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF).

  • The Physics Club is USD's chapter of the National Society of Physics & Astronomy Students and sponsors guest speakers, social events, a physics fair and astronomy skywatching.

  • LUX

    The Large Underground Xenon (LUX)​ Experiment presents a program for the construction and deployment of a large two-phase liquid/gas xenon dark matter detector and water shield, to be installed in the Sanford Deep Underground Laboratory at the Homestake Mine, South Dakota.