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.


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.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in physics (preferred), engineering, or another scientific discipline
    • If the bachelor’s degree is not in physics, students must have completed at least 18 credit hours of undergraduate-level physics, including at least nine hours in upper-division physics courses (Modern Physics, Classical Mechanics, Electricity, and Magnetism)
    • At least one year of undergraduate chemistry, at least one year of undergraduate biology, at least two years of undergraduate mathematics (including calculus and differential equations), and proficiency in at least one computer programming language is also required
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 preferred
  • Completed application (requires non-refundable $50 fee). Must include the following documents:
    • All official transcripts
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Personal statement
  • General GRE exam score
  • International students: International applicants from countries in which English is not the primary language must demonstrate proficiency in English language by submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 90 iBT (and a minimum score of 20 in any subsection). Higher scores are required to be competitive for teaching or research fellowships.

Tuition & Scholarships


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

Important Dates and Deadlines

Program Start Dates
August and January

Application Deadlines
August 1 for fall, December 1 for spring

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 fall, or May 1 for spring).

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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