Master of Science (M.S.)

The graduate program in Radiological Sciences trains students in: (1) the sciences and technologies that are used to produce radiant energy forms, (2) the scientific knowledge gained by using radiant energy forms to understand and modify biological processes, and (3) the application of radiant energy forms for the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.  The degrees offered are: Ph.D. degree specializing in Radiological Sciences, and Master of Science degree specializing in Medical Health Physics.

The curriculum provides an opportunity for students to acquire a core of fundamental knowledge through a synergistic program of formal courses, seminars, teaching opportunities, and hands-on research experience. Each student is encouraged to design with the assistance of a research advisor, an individual course of study consistent with his/her career goals.

Radiological Sciences Admissions Requirements

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test and a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 are required. Three letters of recommendation are required. During the application process, essays stating the reasons for your interest in Radiological Sciences- Medical Health Physics, description of professional goals and an outline of your undergraduate, industrial or summer research, teaching experience and clinical experience are required.

Students accepted into the CAMPEP-accredited (www.campep.org), M.S. Medical Health Physics degree program shall have acquired a strong foundation in basic Physics.  This should be documented by either an undergraduate degree in physics or a degree in a related engineering or physical science with coursework that is equivalent to a minor in Physics (includes at least three upper level undergraduate physics courses). Applicants also must have undergraduate credit for the following courses: 1) Biology: Two semesters of general biology; 2) Chemistry: Two semesters of general chemistry;  3) Mathematics: Through calculus and ordinary differential equations; 4) Computer Science: Introduction to Computer Science (one semester).  The admission process includes review of academic history as well as experience and goals of applicant. Telephone and on-campus interviews are conducted for qualified applicants selected by the Admissions Committee.

Radiological Sciences Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 credit hours and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required for the M.S. degree. In addition, all master’s candidates must register for RADI 6098 Thesis for at least one semester in order to graduate. The student must successfully defend a thesis and be recommended by their program COGS for approval of their degree to the Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Radiological Sciences Sample Plan of Study

Medical Health Physics Plan of Study

First Year
FallCredit Hours
RADI 5001Basic Radiation Safety 1
RADI 5005Fundamentals Of Radiation Dosimetry 3
RADI 5015Physics Of Diagnostic Imaging 1 3
RADI 6030Physics Of Radiotherapy 3
RADI 6049Intro To Magnetic Resonance 2
Spring
RADI 5020Principles of Health Physics 1 3
RADI 6012Phys Nuclear Medi Imaging 3
RADI 6024Radiological Anatomy & Physiology 3
RADI 5007Statistics in the Radiological Sciences 2
RADI 5090Sem Radiological Science 1
Second Year
Fall
RADI 5025Molecular Oncology & Radiobiology 3
RADI 6097Research 1.5
RADI 6021Prin/Health Physics 2 3
INTD 5082Responsible Conduct of Research 1.5
Health Physics Elective  3
Spring
Elective Course - see department  3
RADI 6097Research 2
Health Physics Elective  3
RADI 6071Supervised Teaching 1
RADI 5090Sem Radiological Science 1
RADI 5018Physics Measurements In Imaging Lab 2
Third Year
Fall
RADI 6098Thesis 12
 Total Credit Hours: 60.0

Radiological Sciences Objectives/Program Outcomes

  1. Proficiency in Core Biomedical and Medical Health Physics Principles
  2. Capacity to Conduct Biomedical Research
  3. Critically Review and Interpret Research Literature
  4. Demonstrate Competence in Written Communication
  5. Demonstrate Competence in Verbal Communication
  6. Conduct Research in an Ethical Manner