The graduate program in physics is one of the largest and strongest in the country. We offer leading research programs in essentially all areas of physics including atomic, molecular, and optical physics, condensed matter and materials physics, elementary particle physics, nuclear physics, plasma physics, biophysics, history and philosophy of physics, and physics education research. Certain astrophysics fields, chemical physics, and geophysics are offered in cooperation with other departments on campus.
A special aspect of our program is the opportunity for our students to perform their PhD research at one of the many world-class research institutes in the Boulder area including JILA, NIST (National Institute for Standards and Technology), NREL (National Renewable Energy Lab), NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research), and NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association), etc.
Requires 30 semester hours of coursework plus 30 doctoral thesis hours, 3.00 minimum GPA with no grades lower than B-, six semesters residence minimum, oral comprehensive exam, and dissertation requirements in accordance with the Graduate School (30 credit hours). There is no foreign language requirement. An MS is typically awarded to PhD students after comprehensive exams, but we do not offer a dedicated master's program except under special circumstances. Please see phys.colorado.edu/ for more detailed information.
Graduate School Minimum Admissions Standards - Individual graduate departments may have additional or more restrictive standards by which they evaluate graduate applicants. However, the Graduate School at CU-Boulder has established minimum standards for graduate admission. Applicants must:
Physics Admissions Requirements
All applications must be submitted online.
Nearly all of our admitted students receive financial support through teaching or research assistantships. Additional fellowships are often awarded to especially strong applicants.
Application Information and Deadlines - see phys.colorado.edu/
Recommendation letters and all supporting documents due* January 1, 2016.
*Please note: your recommenders will not receive a request for a letter until your application has been submitted.
University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Physics
Graduate Program Assistant
Duane Physics E1B32
Boulder, CO 80309-0390