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Health Physics Graduate Program Admission Requirements

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Core Requirements for Admission:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 in all prior college-level work for regular admission
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores in the general examination (verbal, quantitative and analytical writing) within five (5) years
  • One official transcript from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended (Note: CSU transcripts are not required).  International students: please read special requirements below
  • Written statement of background, interests, motivation and goals
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources
International Students Only:
  • TOEFL/IELTS Scores (within the last three (3) years) 
    • The minimum TOEFL score for unconditional admission: 550 (paper based); or 80 (internet based).
    • The minimum IELTS score for unconditional admission is 6.5

TOEFL/IELTS SCORES - Request that TOEFL examination scores be reported from ETS to Colorado State University.  The institution code is 4075.  Photocopies will not be accepted.


Additional Health Physics Admission Requirements

Formal coursework in the following topics:
  • Mathematics: Calculus - including limits, continuity, differentiation and integration of elementary and transcendental functions, sequences and series. Usually two (2) semesters of calculus are sufficient.
  • General Physics (Calculus Based): Topics including the properties of forces, energy, momentum, heat, light, electrostatics, magnetism, with an understanding of dimensional analysis (quantities and units) and elementary modern physics. Usually two (2) semesters of general, calculus based, physics are sufficient.
  • Biology: Introduction to biology including characteristics of animals, genetics, the human body and interactions with the environment. Usually one (1) semester of general biology is sufficient.
  • Chemistry: Fundamentals of chemistry including atomic and molecular theory, gases, liquids, solids, solutions, acid/base reactions, oxidation/reduction reactions and kinetics. Usually one (1) semester of general chemistry is sufficient.

Typical M.S. programs take two years to complete and require 30 semester credit-hours and a thesis
(plan A).

Financial Assistance

Qualified students may receive financial support through grants from the Graduate School, traineeships from the NIOSH Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC), various scholarships, and/or research assistantships from faculty research grants.


Application Procedures and Deadlines