Physics and Applied Physics
Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

Physics and Applied Physics
Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

If you want to work at the leading edge of physics research and become a trailblazer in academia or industry, Mines’ Physics and Applied Physics graduate program will get you there. Students work on cutting-edge research in areas such as condensed matter physics, applied optics, quantum physics, renewable energy and subatomic physics and have opportunities to collaborate with national labs and industry partners on local and international scales. Graduates will gain the skills and connections to advance their knowledge in the field and take their career to a new height.

investment

9% projected job
growth 2018-28
BLS

money

$86,333 average
starting salary

research

Collaborative research
projects in a number
of areas

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Requirements and Costs

Master’s Thesis

  • Applicants who have graduated from Mines within the past five years are not required to submit GRE scores. Applicants from outside of Mines or that graduated from Mines more than five years ago must submit GRE scores
  • Mines accepts GRE scores from tests taken within five years of the date of entry
  • Statement of purpose letter: present your professional and personal goals
  • Resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement tab 

Doctorate

  • Applicants who have graduated from Mines within the past five years are not required to submit GRE scores. Applicants from outside of Mines or that graduated from Mines more than five years ago must submit GRE scores
  • Mines accepts GRE scores from tests taken within five years of the date of entry
  • Statement of purpose letter: present your professional and personal goals
  • Resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement tab 

MASTER OF SCIENCE

  • 20 credit hours of coursework
  • 16 credit hours of research
  • Satisfactory thesis

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

  • 32 credit hours of coursework
  • 40 credit hours of research
  • Satisfactory thesis

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 Colorado ResidentOut-of-State Student
Tuition**$16,650$37,350
Fees*$2,412$2,412
Room & Board$16,700$16,700
Books & Supplies$1,500$1,500
Misc. Expenses$1,800$1,800
Transportation$1,300$1,300
Total$40,362$61,062
**Cost per credit hour$925$2,075

*Allowance for fees based on mandatory fees charged to all students. Does not include fees for orientation, library, yearbook, refrigerator rental, voice messaging, etc.

At less than 4.5 credit hours, you may be ineligible for financial aid.

Randy Lemons

“I am currently working on the temporal and spatial shaping of laser pulses to improve the efficiency of current and future free electron lasers. My experiences and time spent at the national lab have jump started each of the things I hope to gain.”

Randy Lemons
PhD Candidate, Applied Physics

Career Outcomes

  • Applications engineer
  • Data analyst
  • Design engineer
  • Laser engineer
  • Systems analyst
  • Software developer
  • Optical engineer
  • Physics instructor
  • Cypress Semiconductor
  • Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Texas Instruments
  • United Launch Alliance

Organizations recruiting Mines students at the 2019 Career Fair

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Degree Options

Master’s

  • Applied Physics

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  • Physics

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