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Medical physics master’s degree program seeking applicants for fall 2019

November 21, 2018 - By Kim Delker

The University of New Mexico School of Engineering’s Department of Nuclear Engineering, in partnership with the School of Medicine’s Department of Radiology, jointly offers a master of science in nuclear engineering with a concentration in medical physics.

The program is ideal for students who are interested in combining principles of physics in the field of medicine and improving healthcare while working in a clinical environment. The program is administered by the Department of Radiology within the School of Medicine. The curriculum covers medical imaging physics and therapeutic medical physics. The courses are taught by medical physicists and nuclear engineering faculty.

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) has a comprehensive description of medical physics on the AAPM website.

The program began in 2006, and since 2009, it has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Program (CAMPEP). From its inception in 2006 through 2017, 25 students have graduated from the program.

The curriculum for the program includes 36 credit hours and does not have a thesis option.

In order to be eligible for the program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • A technical bachelor's degree
  • One year of general college physics with laboratory
(calculus-based courses are required)
  • Three upper-division courses in physics (300 level or above)
  • One year of general college chemistry with laboratory
  • One year of differential and integral calculus
  • One semester differential equations
  •  A survey course in general biology, human biology or mammalian physiology
  • 32 hours of science and math
  • Application for admission
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Letter of intent

Students who are superbly qualified may possibly pursue a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering.

For additional information or to apply, please visit the application website.

For domestic applicants, fall semester priority deadline is March 1, 2019, and for international applicants, the deadline is Jan. 1, 2019.