Why earn an accelerated degree in physics?

Application Deadlines
Aug. 16
Dec. 15
May 1

Students seeking the accelerated degree may apply to the School of Graduate Studies after completing 60 credits.

Graduate Application Deadlines
April 15* | May 1
Nov. 1

*Priority deadline

Mastering physics can lead you to exciting research careers in STEM. So why wait? At UND, you can earn both bachelor's and master's degrees in just five years.

Here's how it works:

  • Start taking graduate courses at the beginning of your fourth year.
  • Embark on your thesis research as early as your junior year.
  • Graduate in five years with both a B.S. and an M.S.

Physics at UND is characterized by small classes and a collaborative approach. You'll work closely with acclaimed faculty on cutting-edge research on topics like solid-state physics, materials science, astrophysics and health physics, and you'll contribute to the field by writing an original thesis.

How does an accelerated program work?

If you are an incoming freshman or transfer student, apply to UND and your program. As a current student, connect with your advisor to make sure you stay on track for the combined or accelerated program. During your junior year, you can officially apply to the School of Graduate Studies. Complete the required courses, and you'll earn both your undergraduate and graduate degree at the same time.

Physics at UND

  • Make use of advice and guidance of a team of faculty dedicated to your success.

  • Conduct in-depth research in areas such as dark energy, nanoscience and superconductivity.

  • Participate in extracurricular activities such as NASA-sponsored rocket competitions.

  • Enjoy access to state-of-the art research facilities at UND and at national and international research facilities.

  • Apply for any of the available physics-focused scholarships.

Physics Careers 


Median annual salary for physicists and astronomers

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Anticipated job growth for physicists and astronomers

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

A master's degree in physics opens the door to just about any career, in science and beyond. For example:

  • Professional physics for high-tech companies, government laboratories or the defense sector
  • Teaching at the secondary or university level
  • Medical physics
  • Computer programming
  • Space exploration
  • Medicine
  • Patent law

UND Physics Alumni

Physics graduates have gone on to illustrious careers at places such as:

  • Kaiser Permanente
  • UND's Energy Environmental Research Center (EERC)
  • Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences
  • ORNL
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Hitachi High Technologies America
  • Lewis and Clark Community College
  • Altru Health System

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