What will I learn?

The goal of this certificate is to give students and working professionals an opportunity to broaden their technical knowledge while contributing to regional economic development. Two real-world projects-one for a client and one for the student’s own pursuits-are combined with a series of six short courses to provide both context and substance for gaining the knowledge needed to create technical prototypes. The model is based on the method by which most physical science graduate students learn technical domains on a “just-in-time” basis. It is also a method by which many corporations quickly bring new project team members up to speed on project knowledge. Entry into the certificate program requires prior completion of two semesters of calculus-based physics and two semesters of calculus or permission of the certificate advisor.

Graduate versions of the courses (5000-level) require an undergraduate degree and additional work on technical analysis or connection to professional practice.

Complete all of the following courses:

PHYS 5850 - Physics for Design and Innovation I

PHYS 5400 - Scientific Instrumentation

Choose six 1-semester-hour short courses out of a larger list of offered topics; the specific sequence must be approved by the certificate advisor.

PHYS 5852 - Physics for Design and Innovation II

Which department am I in?

University of Colorado - Denver

Study options

Full Time (12 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$17,913.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

18 January 2022


University of Colorado - Denver

1201 Larimer Street,



80204, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

students must complete all credits for the certificate at the graduate (5000 or above) level.

Students must earn a minimum grade of B- (2.7) in all courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative certificate GPA of 3.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the certificate GPA.

Students must complete all credits for the certificate with CU Denver faculty.

Minimum TOEFL IBT Total Score: 79; TOEFL Sub scores (Reading: 18, Listening: 17, Speaking: 20, Writing: 17).

Minimum IELTS Overall Band Score: 6.5, IELTS Sub scores as 5.5.

Minimum PTE Academic Score Accepted: 58.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Colorado - Denver

University of Colorado Denver offers academic excellence and student success, and unparalleled career outcomes in one of America’s greatest cities.

  • Ranked in the top 5 percent of U.S. universities
  • R1 Public Urban Research University
  • Ranked in top 300 by World University Rankings 2020
  • Accessible education in Denver, Colorado

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