Medical Physics (Master of Science)

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Make a positive impact on the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Gain a solid foundation in medical physics and learn how to apply your skills and training in a clinical setting through Creighton University’s Master of Science in Medical Physics.

Through coursework grounded in medical imaging, radiation therapy, dosimetry, nuclear physics, and clinical rotations, this master’s program can serve as the starting point for pursuit of a doctorate degree. Graduates will be prepared for the first part of the American Board of Radiology exam and participation in clinical residency programs. You’ll also have the basis for a career in medical and health physics, radiobiology, radiological physics and radiation dosimetry, nuclear physics and instrumentation, nuclear medicine or medical imaging.

Whether it’s preparing a treatment plan or researching the next generation of medical instruments – this 43-credit program is perfect for students looking to enhance their education in medical physics, engineering, or another scientific discipline and aspire to make a positive impact in healthcare.

Don’t let time or money get in the way of enriching your education.

Pursuing a graduate degree can be intimidating, but Creighton University can help you make the most of your investment. Creighton’s master’s program in medical physics can be completed in roughly two and a half years by full-time students.

Teaching and research fellowships are available. Those selected receive a cash stipend and full remission of tuition during their fellowship. Graduate fellows must provide twenty hours per week of instruction and service in the undergraduate laboratories. A fellowship appointment may also be renewed for a second year upon recommendation of the physics department.

Entering into consideration for a teaching or research fellowship is as easy as applying to Creighton. Once you submit your graduate school application, you’re automatically considered for a teaching or research fellowship.

Curriculum

To earn the Master of Science in Medical Physics degree at Creighton University, you must complete 43 credits:

  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Mathematical Methods in Physics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Nuclear Instruments and Methods
  • Radiation Biophysics
  • Physics of Medical Imaging I
  • Physics of Medical Imaging II
  • Physics of Radiation Therapy
  • Dosimetry and Radiation Protection
  • Medical Physics Seminar
  • Directed Independent Research
  • Medical Physics Rotation
  • Master’s Thesis
  • Comprehensive written examination covering basic physics. Given in three parts (at least one part must be successfully completed in the first year of the program):
    • Classical Mechanics and Heat
    • Electromagnetism, Optics, and Waves
    • Modern Physics, Quantum Mechanics, and Relativity

Required courses may be waived, with permission of the program director, if they have already been completed upon entry to the program. However, students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at Creighton University. Students may also be encouraged to take additional coursework – especially in anatomy and physiology – to prepare for future clinical residency work.

Goals of the program along with a full course listing can be found in Creighton’s course catalog.

Accreditation

Creighton University has maintained continuous accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission since 1928.  For information regarding the University’s accreditation status, visit http://www.creighton.edu/accreditation/.

Creighton University’s Master of Science in Medical Physics program also holds accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP). Additional information regarding academic programs which hold specialized accreditation can be found on this page.

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application & $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Must include coursework in chemistry, biology, mathematics (including calculus and differential equations) and proficiency in at least one computer programming language
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Personal statement. See application for specific requirements
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members who can speak to your performance in an academic or professional setting
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score. Use school code 6121 for this program

 

A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually

International applicants

Tuition & Scholarships

Fellowships

Teaching and research fellowships are awarded each year. Graduate fellows receive full tuition remission and a cash stipend. Tuition remission is also extended to fellows in the summer sessions adjoining the fellowship year. Teaching and research fellows are required to provide the equivalent of 18 hours per week of service. Fellows must take a minimum of 8 credit hours per semester.

Tuition and Fees
Financial Aid
Scholarships offered by the University
Scholarships offered by third parties

For questions about financial aid, contact:
gpfinaid [at] creighton [dot] edu
402.280.2731

Important Dates and Deadlines

Start Classes in Apply By
August August 1
January December 1

International students should apply three months before the application deadline. Fellowships are offered to qualified applicants as soon as the application is reviewed, so it is recommended that applications be completed ahead of the deadline (January 1 for August start, or May 1 for January start).

Student Organizations

Society of Physics Students

The Creighton Chapter of the Society of Physics Students encourages interest in physics on campus and in the local community. The organization strives to further students’ knowledge of the field through academic conferences, field trips and contact with physics professionals outside the Creighton community.

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