Feb 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Physics (Ph.D.)

Admissions Information   

Student Learning Outcomes  

Collaborative program between the University of South Dakota and South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

At least 50% of the total credits for the graduate program must be at the 700-level or above.

Program Overview

An advanced degree in physics will prepare you for positions in academia, industry and at national labs. You may pursue specialized research foci; the most significant goal of the program is to focus on research areas germane to the needs of the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF). Current research areas at SURF include nuclear/particle physics and particle astrophysics involving next-generation neutrino detection; double beta-decay, dark matter searches and gravitational wave detection experiments, as well as condensed matter physics concentrating on novel low background radiation materials and devices. Students who wish to specialize in analytics for large data sets will pursue coursework from the statistics/analytics and computing areas to include data mining, machine learning, database management, applied statistics and analytics programming. Learn more at usd.edu/physics.

DELIVERY: On campus

Doctor of Philosophy, Physics


Additional courses, including those from other departments, would be allowed as electives with approval from the department and graduate school.

General Application Requirements

  1. Completed application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts*
  4. Letters of recommendation*
  5. Statement of purpose
  6. Resume/CV*

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. This list is not all-inclusive, to view specific program requirements and submission deadlines, follow the  “Admissions Information” hyperlink at the top of this page OR visit the specific program/dept. page found here: link.usd.edu/grad-catalog

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization


Department of Physics
605-677-5649 | physics@usd.edu | usd.edu/physics

Graduate Admissions
605-658-6140 | gradadmissions@usd.edu  | usd.edu/grad