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Physics

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.

 

Degrees Offered:

Degree Details: 

PhD
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.

 

Admissions Requirements: 

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:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, or have done work equivalent to that required for such a degree.
  • Show promise of ability to pursue advanced study and research, as judged by the student’s scholastic record.
  • Have adequate preparation to enter graduate study in the chosen field.
  • Have at least a 2.75 (2.00=C) undergraduate grade point average. Note: Applicants who cannot meet this undergraduate standard may still secure regular admission if they have completed 9 semester hours of relevant graduate course work with at least a 3.25 average.

Physics Admissions Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  • Complete the general GRE and the GRE physics subject exam.
  • Non-English speaking applicants must complete the TOEFL exam. If you have completed one year of full-time academic study at a U.S. institution, this requirement can be waived.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation.

All applications must be submitted online.

Financial Support: 

Nearly all of our admitted students receive financial support through teaching or research assistantships. Additional fellowships are often awarded to especially strong applicants.

Applicant Instructions: 

Application Information and Deadlines - see phys.colorado.edu/

Recommendation letters and all supporting documents due*  January 1, 2014.

*Please note: your recommenders will not receive a request for a letter until your application has  been submitted.

Fall Domestic Application Deadline: 
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Fall International Application Deadline: 
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Contact Information: 

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Physics
Graduate Program Assistant
Duane Physics E1B32
390 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0390
Phone: 303-735-0519
Fax: 303-492-3352

Where To Send Your Materials: 

Application Mailing Instructions

Domestic Applicants:

Transcripts and other supporting materials required by your department should be sent directly to Graduate Admissions. Transcripts must be official copies and should include ALL post-secondary academic work completed to date, including courses appearing as transfer credit on other transcripts, credits earned in study abroad programs, and courses taken for college credit while in high school. Copies of transcripts mailed in unsealed envelopes and sent directly by applicants are NOT official transcripts.

For standard international mail or mail within the US, including USPS Priority and Express:

Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine St Suite A122
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0553 USA

For overnight or express mail (DHL, FEDEX, UPS):

Graduate Admissions             
University of Colorado Boulder                     
3100 Marine Street - 553 UCB
Bldg RL3 Suite A122
Boulder, CO 80303-1058 USA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (303) 492-6301
  

All International Applicants

Transcripts and other supporting materials required by your department should be sent directly to Office of Admissions/International.  Transcripts must be official copies and should include ALL post-secondary academic work completed to date, including courses appearing as transfer credit on other transcripts, credits earned in study abroad programs, and courses taken for college credit while in high school. Copies of transcripts mailed in unsealed envelopes and sent directly by applicants are NOT official transcripts.

For standard international mail or mail within the US, including USPS Priority and Express:

Office of Admissions/International
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine St Suite A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0065 USA

Overnight/Express Mailing Address (DHL, UPS, Fedex)          

Office of Admissions/International               
University of Colorado Boulder                     
3100 Marine Street - 65 UCB
Bldg RL3 Suite A122
Boulder, CO 80303-1058 USA
303-492-6301