PLEASE NOTE: Graduate students in Physics are generally admitted directly into the Ph.D. program, with Master's Degrees awarded after they have completed Comps I and II. Students specifically interested in pursuing a terminal Masters degree should contact the department for more information.
Graduation requirements are governed by policies of both the Department of Physics and the University of Colorado Graduate School. The basic requirements for attaining a graduate degree are:
A student seeking a Master's Degree may choose either Plan I (master's with thesis), or Plan II (master's without thesis). These have the following additional requirements.
The minimum requirement for a Master's Degree is 30 credit hours. At least 24 hours must be completed at the 5000 level or above; this may include a minimum of 4, but not more than 6 thesis hours (PHYS 6950). A maximum of 6 credit hours may be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level as approved by the physics graduate committee. Write a thesis on an original research project, either theoretical or experimental, for 4–6 credit hours. Length of thesis should be determined in consultation with the thesis advisor, and would normally be 30 pages or longer. Present a talk to a 3-member faculty committee.
The minimum requirement for a Master's Degree is 30 credit hours. The courses must all be at the 5000 level or above.
The Department of Physics works with the University of Colorado Graduate School to ensure our candidates meet all requirements before graduation. As such, the Graduate School has provided a complete list of required documentation and corresponding deadlines for students who are seeking degrees under both Plan I (With Thesis) and Plan II (Without Thesis).
Students must apply to graduate online, at the myCUInfo portal. Please note, the deadlines are strictly adhered to and no exceptions will be made. Deadlines can be found on the Graduate School Web site.
Please contact Jeanne Nijhowne with any questions or problems regarding these and other graduation requirements.