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Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences

Graduate students make extensive use of such research facilities as the Apache Point 3.5m telescope, NASA space missions, the Sommers-Bausch Observatory, and the Southwest Research Institute. They collaborate closely with such CU-Boulder research institutes as the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy (CASA), Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), and JILA in Boulder. Related areas of study are physics, geology, program in atmospheric and oceanic sciences (PAOS).

Degrees Offered:

Degree Details: 
Requires 39 semester hours of graduate work, including 4 hours of graduate seminar, an additional 30 hours of dissertation credit (all with grades B or above), plus a demonstrated ability to do original research. We require a comprehensive examination of math, physics, astrophysics or planetary science, and a scientific research project. A grasp of the student’s particular area of research is required, as is the dissertation and successful defense.
Admissions Requirements: 
  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00.
  3. Submit three letters of recommendation;
  4. Submit General GRE and Physics Subject GRE.
  5. Upload the Supplemental Information Form with your application

There is no pre-application, but we strongly urge all applicants to have a strong physics and mathematics background, as well as a strong GPA, and strong GRE scores.

GRE Scores: 
GRE minimum scores of verbal 75 percent, quantitative 85 percent, analytical 75 percent. Advanced GRE minimum score approximately 40 percent.
Financial Support: 

Financial support is available to all incoming students through teaching or research assistantships. Fellowships are also available upon acceptance.

Fall Domestic Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 15, 2016
Fall International Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Contact Information: 

University of Colorado Boulder 
Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences
Duane Physics E-226
391 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0391
Phone: 303-492-8914
Fax: 303-492-3822