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The department offers a program of courses and research leading to the MS degree in Medical physics.  The requirements for admission in the program are a BS in Physics or similar (with course work in Analytical Mechanics and Quantum Mechanics).  Two routes are available:

  • Track 1 requires a minimum of 42 semester hours of credit: 30 hours of course work plus a 6-hour thesis (PHYS 5398 and PHYS 5399) and two practicum experiences (3 hours each).  The required courses are the four core medical physics courses plus at least 4 graduate Physics courses.
  • Track 2 requires a minimum of 48 hours of course work including the successful completion of research problem (PHYS 5391, 6 hours, with a written report submitted to the department) and three practicum experiences (3 hours each).  The required courses are the 4 core medical physics courses plus at least 4 graduate Physics courses.

 The required Medical Physics courses are:

PHYS 5331Introduction to Health Physics3
PHYS 5332Intro to Medical Physics3
PHYS 5333Physics of Radiation Therapy3
PHYS 5334Physics of Diagnostic Imaging3

 Should a student not have any undergraduate preparation in Anatomy and Physiology, and Biology or Radiation Biology, these courses will be mandatory for the Track 2 students and strongly recommended for Track 1 students, because they are required for ABR certification. The courses will replace elective courses in the curriculum.

Students must have their course programs approved by the program’s graduate advisor each semester. Each student will also choose, in consultation with the graduate advisor, a chairperson for his/her research committee and at least two additional committee members. Candidates for the M.S. degree in Medical Physics may have no more than three grades of “C” in the 8 main courses (4 required courses and 4 prescribed electives), the required practicum courses, and must pass a final examination, which will include an oral defense of the thesis or research problem.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 42

MS in Medical Physics (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
PHYS 5331Introduction to Health Physics3
PHYS 5332Intro to Medical Physics3
PHYS 5333Physics of Radiation Therapy3
PHYS 5334Physics of Diagnostic Imaging3
Clinical Practicum:
Select two courses from the following:6
PHYS 5335
PHYS 5336
PHYS 5337
Prescribed Electives:
Select four courses from the following:12
Mechanics
Mathematical Physics
Electrodynamics
Quantum Mechanics
Advanced Statistical Mechanics
Solid State Physics
Other Electives:
Select two courses from the following:6
Artificial Intelligence I
Statistical Detection/Estimate
Image Processing
Thesis/Research Track:
Select one sequence from the following:6-12
Thesis Option:
Thesis
and Thesis
Research Option:
Research Problems in Physics
Select one from the following:
PHYS 5335
PHYS 5336
PHYS 5337
Select one from the following:
Artificial Intelligence I
Statistical Detection/Estimate
Image Processing
Total Hours42-48