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Ranked among the top 20 in the nation by the prestigious National Research Council, the Graduate Studies Program in the Department of Physics is the perfect next step in your academic career. We offer a top-notch education and unbeatable research opportunities for our graduate students, all on a beautiful and robust campus that supports and enhances academic, career and personal advancement.

Interested students should visit the Graduate Admissions page for more information on how to apply.

About the Program

The graduate studies program of the Department of Physics is intended for students pursuing a Ph.D degree in Physics.  This involves approximately two years of coursework followed by four years of research, culminating in a dissertation documenting independent, original research.  In addition to a Ph.D. in Physics, the department participates in several interdisciplinary programs: Chemical Physics Ph.D. Program, Geophysics Ph.D. Program, Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology Certificate program, and Applied Physics Certificate program.  Research opportunities are available in the physics department, in other departments on campus, in national labs in Boulder and the surrounding areas, and in institutes such as JILA and RASEI.