Graduate Degree Programs in Applied Physics

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Degrees Offered
  Applied Physics M.S., Ph.D.
Enrollment Details
Participating Staff
   Academic Faculty  31
Admissions Information
   GRE General Test is required*
   TOEFL exam is required (international)
Admissions Statistics
   Average GRE Quantitative  158
   Average GRE Verbal  154
   Average GPA (4.0 scale)  3.44
   Percent applicants accepted  34%

The Physics Department at Mines offers you a full program of instruction and research leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. in applied physics. You are given a solid background in the fundamentals of classical and modern physics at an advanced level. The atmosphere in the department is one of intellectual challenge and stimulation. The physics faculty members at Mines have been attracted from the top universities and research institutions; their national and international reputations are based on contributions to physics research and education.

Full financial support is available for virtually all Mines physics graduate students through teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and scholarship and grant programs. Most funding decisions are made before April for fall admission. Students are encouraged to apply early and to meet all deadlines. International students seeking financial assistance must receive a 80 or better on the TOEFL.  *The GRE subject test in physics is also required of any student seeking financial support.

Degree Programs

  • Master of Science in Applied Physics
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Physics


Applied optics, nuclear/subatomic physics, and condensed matter physics are major focus areas for the physics research program. A wide range of research projects are actively pursued within each area and there is a great deal of collaboration between these groups.

  • Applied Optics: laser development, ultrafast optics, x-ray generation, spectroscopy, near-field and multi-photon microscopy, non-linear optics, wave propagation phenomena
  • Nuclear Physics: low energy reactions, nuclear structure and astrophysics, nuclear theory, fusion plasma diagnostics, fission detectors
  • Astroparticle Physics: ultrahigh energy cosmic-rays, exotic objects, laser "test-beams", atmospherics, instrumentation development
  • Electronic Materials: photovoltaics, liquid crystals, polymer electronics, x-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, thin film semiconductors, transparent conductors, amorphous materials
  • Nanoscale Materials: nanoparticles, nanowires, nanocrystals, plasmonics devices, molecular motors, nanoparticle-organic composites
  • Surface and Interface Physics: surface functionalization, self-assembled systems, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Auger spectroscopy, scanning probe microscopes, enhanced Raman scattering, infrared ellipsometry
  • Theoretical Physics: nuclear theory, condensed matter theory, quantum many body theory, nonlinear dynamics, artificial materials, quantum and wave chaos

Physics faculty are also active in several interdisciplinary research centers:


Dr. David Wood, Graduate Program Chair
Department of Physics
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-273-3853
FAX: 303-273-3919


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