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Admission

The Medical Physics Graduate Program is part of the graduate program in the College of Engineering. Students who graduate from the program will receive M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering. Applicants should follow instructions1 required by the Admission Office in the College of Engineering. The application for the Medical Physics Graduate Program is under the guidelines2 of The Graduate School and the College of Engineering. Students with an appropriate B.S. degree may seek direct entry to the graduate program with either the M.S. track or Ph.D. track.

  • B.S. to M.S.: The Admission Committee will carefully review academic credentials for admission into the M.S. program coming from appropriate B.S. degrees, along with the other required application materials (GRE scores, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses, etc.) and select those applicants who show the most promise for the departmental M.S. degree. Typically, a minimum of GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and GRE of 300 (new scale) or 1000 (old scale) (verbal plus quantitative) are required.
  • B.S. to Ph.D.: Direct admission to the Ph.D. track by students holding B.S. degrees is limited to students with exceptional credentials. These credentials typically include a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum GRE of 310 (new scale) or 1,200 (old scale) (verbal plus quantitative). After completion of the Departmental M.S. requirements, students enrolled in the direct B.S. to Ph.D. track may apply for an M.S. degree.
  • M.S. to Ph.D.: Criteria for admission into the Ph.D. program for students with an appropriate M.S. degree include a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale within their M.S. degree program and a minimum GRE of 305 (new scale) or 1,100 (old scale) (verbal plus quantitative).

Students applying for the medical physics program should submit three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s abilities and background. Accepted M.S. applicants can apply and be considered on a competitive basis for partial tuition scholarships. A minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 must be maintained in order to maintain satisfactory progress.

Accepted Ph.D. applicants’ financial assistance is available in the form of fellowships, partial tuition scholarships, teaching and research assistantships, and graduate cooperative assistantships combining study and work assignments with private engineering and government agencies. A minimum graduate GPA of 3.3 must be maintained in order to maintain satisfactory progress.

Considering the interdisciplinary training nature of the medical physics program and ABR Audit Standards for Initial Certification in Medical Physics, specific requirements are enforced for students entering the program. Applicants should have received B.S. degrees in physics, engineering, or other physical science, taken two-semester (6-credit) calculus-based introductory physics courses. Considering strong physics background is required by the program, applicants should have taken additional at least 9-credit upper level physics courses. Course examples include:

  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Atomic Physics
  • Modern Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Optics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Heat & Thermodynamics
  • Advanced Mechanics

However, flexibility is also given to students, who have not taken these courses but are qualified on other requirements. These students will be conditionally admitted to the medical physics graduate program and they need to complete the required credits before starting the program.

 

1: Instructions
2: Guidelines