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Physics and Astronomy 2013-2014

Degree Requirements


Before registering, new graduate students must take a diagnostic examination covering undergraduate physics. This examination serves to identify undergraduate deficiencies and helps to determine the student's initial program.

A comprehensive examination is given to assess whether students have attained the standards set by the department to continue their pursuit of the degrees sought. All students are required to pass the comprehensive examination at an appropriate level (MS or PhD) upon completing the core course requirements in order to advance their candidacy status. All students pursuing a PhD are required to pass an oral dissertation research proposal in order to be promoted to PhD candidacy.

Master of Science

Degree Requirements

  • Option I (Research Thesis)

45 quarter hours in an approved course of study; comprehensive examinations; an acceptable thesis; oral final examination (primarily a thesis defense). Two departmental faculty members and an outside chair are required for the oral examination.

  • Option II (No thesis)

45 quarter hours in an approved course of study; comprehensive examinations; oral final examination covering course work. Two departmental faculty members are required for the oral examination.

Doctor of Philosophy

A minimum of three years of full-time study beyond the baccalaureate degree, with at least 90 quarter hours of approved graduate credit; comprehensive examination; and acceptable dissertation. There is no departmental foreign language requirement. Enrollment as a graduate student at the University of Denver for at least six quarters, including at least two consecutive quarters of full-time attendance, is required to meet residency standards.

See the Department of Physics' website for more information.


Molecular and Cellular Biophysics
This interdepartmental PhD degree was recently established. See the Molecular and Cellular Biophysics' website for more information.