Physics Graduate Education

Ph.D. and Masters Programs

Bolstered by its proximity to the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF), the nation’s leading site for underground nuclear and particle physics, the Ph.D. program at South Dakota Mines provides unique opportunities for research into the underlying principles of the natural world. Our internationally recognized faculty lead students in searches for the dark matter of the universe, studies of the nature of the neutrino and the origin of the chemical elements, as well as research into condensed matter, e.g. phase transitions in ferroelectric and magnetic materials or quantum materials. For more on the departmental research click here

The mission of the physics Ph.D. program is to provide students with quality graduate instruction and research experiences that will prepare them for various career options in academia, industry, and at national labs. First-year students may be teaching assistants or research assistants; teaching load is light in order to allow an early start in research. Important milestones in the course of our program are the qualifying exam, typically taken after completing the required coursework, and the comprehensive exam, in which students defend their dissertation research scope and plan. 

Detailed policies and requirements of the physics graduate program are described in the Physics Graduate Program Handbook. Check out Planned Graduate Physics Course Offerings for semester-by-semester graduate course schedule between 2021 Fall and 2025 Spring.

Physics PhD Program

You can find a link to the Physics PhD program overview, including application requirements, here.

Physics Masters Program

Our graduate program may accept a limited number of MS (Master of Science) applications. You can find a link to the Physics MS program overview here.

Graduate-Program Coordinator

For more information please contact Xinhua Bai at, or 605-858-8806 (mobile).