Physics Graduate Education

PhD 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 new Ph.D. program at SD 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 quantum computing and condensed matter, e.g. phase transitions in ferroelectric and magnetic materials or spintronics. Graduate students can also investigate topics in atmospheric physics. 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 oral comprehensive exam, in which students defend their dissertation topics.

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 the graduate-program coordinator R. Oszwałdowski at or (605) 394-2726 .