Graduates of the Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Physics program will successfully complete all 70 credit hours of required coursework as well as a successful thesis defense.  They will be well-prepared for applying to a CAMPEP-accredited Residency Program, and/or a career in the field of Medical Physics. 

For the Fall 2024 semester, applications will be accepted between September 1, 2023 and January 15, 2024.

Interested students may apply for the Doctor of Philosophy program through the button below:

Applicants to the program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have a bachelor’s degree in physics, or a bachelor’s degree in a related field such as engineering and either a minor in physics or at least 3 courses (9 credit hours) of advanced 300-400 level or above physics courses or equivalent. Some level of advanced mathematics, such as calculus, is also strongly recommended.  
  2. Academic record:  One transcript from each university (undergraduate and graduate) attended must be provided. Unofficial transcripts will be acceptable for application evaluation. If an applicant is offered admission, one official transcript for each university attended will be required prior to the first day of the term. GPA will be considered as a component in a holistic review of the candidate’s academic record.  Particular attention will be given to the candidate’s background in physics and mathematics. 
  3. Statement of Purpose:  Applicants are requested to demonstrate their motivation as well as academic potential by providing a written candidate statement not to exceed two pages. 
  4. Submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV).
  5. Non-native English speakers must submit a TOEFL score of at least 90 or and IELTS rating of at least 6.5.  At-home or in-person versions of either exam, if offered, will be accepted.
  6. GRE scores are not required but may be provided at the applicant’s discretion.
  7. Submit at least 3 letters of recommendation.
  8. Submit a $45 non-refundable application fee. Waiver of this fee due to financial hardship may be available upon request for those meeting certain criteria.

The English proficiency testing requirement may be waived for an applicant who meets any of the below criteria:

  • Is a citizen of Australia, Cameroon, Commonwealth Caribbean nations, Ghana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe.
  • Has completed a minimum of three years of documented study in a university-level academic program in the United States or one of the countries listed above.
  • Has completed a minimum of three years of documented study in an English-medium academic program in Canada, Hong Kong, or South Africa.

Students may e-mail the program director, Michael B. Altman, PhD, at, with any questions.

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