1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918, United States of America

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918, United States of America


We are an enthusiastic department devoted to excellence in both teaching and research.

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is 54 years old, and is one of the fastest growing universities in the western United States. Situated beside America's mountain, Pikes Peak, at an altitude of over 6000 ft, and boasting over 300 days of sunshine per year, this is a desirable city to live in. Being part of a small, dynamic and happy department means that graduate students have access to personalized, one-on-one, and world-class learning experiences.

The faculty are energetic teacher-scholars. There is a great deal of collaboration between all members of the department which strengthens both theoretical and experimental research programs, plus classroom teaching. There are also strong research collaborations in place with researchers at other institutions in Colorado and around the world. Half of the faculty have won a campus and/or system-wide teaching award. In addition, half of the physics faculty have won campus or system-wide research awards and there are two distinguished professors.

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Program Requirements

-- 30 hours of course work.
-- Regular degree students must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average each semester or summer term on all work taken, whether or not it is to be applied toward the advanced degree intended.
-- The Master's Comprehensive Exam is an exit oral exam that must be passed by all students. Students in the non-thesis option are required to write a short (15 page, double-spaced) typed paper summarizing either some original research or summarizing a research topic in current physics. The paper should be at a graduate physics level. The exam consists of a 30-40 minute presentation of the paper with questions on the topic from the faculty.

The student must complete a minimum of 66 hours of coursework and dissertation. This includes:
(1) A minimum of 36 hours of course work with GPA above 3.0. 21 hours of Core courses plus 15 hours of Specialization, Elective or Interdisciplinary courses.
(2) A minimum of 30 hours of dissertation work, pass the comprehensive exam/proposal, and complete and successfully defend the dissertation.
GRE Requirements: Not Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

Our department is small so faculty and graduate students all know each other and interact daily. The 8 professors work collaboratively and therefore, so do the students in their groups. The university and the Graduate Student Association (GSA) hold many social events throughout the year for graduate students. The department holds informal lunches/teas and an international food lunch once per year. There are weekly Physics seminars given by international researchers that all students are encouraged to attend.