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At CSU, you will receive a practical, hands-on, and individualized education at a leading research institution.

Colorado State University is one of the nation’s top public research universities and an institution on the rise. In the last decade, CSU has produced record enrollment, built on all-time highs in student diversity and student success; record fundraising far outpacing ambitious goals; groundbreaking research driven by a highly productive faculty; a campus revitalized by a transformational building campaign; and, perhaps most important, an unrivaled learning environment where nine of 10 recent graduates say they would choose CSU again and rate their education as excellent.

Program Requirements

Master's:
Two options. Thesis Option: A student must complete a minimum of 30 semester credits. These must include 18 credits in physics classroom courses at the 500 level or higher and two credits of PH692 (Seminar). The student must also perform research and prepare a thesis. The final examination for the Plan A M.S. Degree is the thesis defense.
Non-Thesis Option: A student must complete a minimum of 32 semester credits. These must include 21 credits in physics classroom courses at the 500 level or higher, three additional credits in the physics classroom courses at the 500 level or higher or in PH693 (Current Topics in Physics Research), and two credits of PH692 (Seminar). The final examination for the Plan B M.S. degree is the seminar/examination.

Doctorate:
Seventy-two credits in course work and research in an approved program, 24 credits in core physics courses with another 6 in 500-level physics courses or above; a minimum of 32 credits must be earned at Colorado State University; one-year residency required; no language requirement. Oral examination to determine mastery of specialized field of proposed dissertation required. Dissertation and dissertation defense required.

Other degrees:
Thesis:
Thesis may be written in absentia.
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Recommended
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

The Physics Department at Colorado State University is a very welcoming place. With a moderate-sized department and good faculty to graduate student ratio, there are ample opportunities for faculty-student interaction. Students receive personal attention from faculty in research and course work. The department hosts an Annual Fall Welcome Picnic, Annual Holiday Pot-Luck, hiking in the summer and various lunches and gatherings throughout the year.

Fort Collins has been consistently ranked as one of the top ten best cities to live in the US.