Physics and Applied Physics

Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines


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.


9% projected job
growth 2018-28


$86,333 average
starting salary


Collaborative research
projects in a number
of areas

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Requirements and Costs

  • All admitted graduate students must submit GRE scores prior to receiving an admissions decision
  • Mines accepts GRE scores from tests taken within five years of the date of entry. Applicants who have graduated from Mines within the past five years are not required to submit GRE scores
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, a TOEFL score of 79 or higher (or 550 for the paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test) is required. In lieu of a TOEFL score, an IELTS score of 6.5 will be accepted



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


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



 Colorado ResidentOut-of-State StudentOnline Student
Room & Board$16,700$16,700$16,700
Books & Supplies$1,500$1,500$1,500
Misc. Expenses$1,800$1,800$1,800
**Cost per credit hour$925$2,075$999

*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



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Degree Options


  • Applied Physics


  • Physics


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July 1 deadline