Medical Physics, M.Sc. | Virginia Commonwealth University | Richmond, United States
24 months
25956 USD/year
25956 USD/year
12618 USD/year
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Students enter the Medical Physics program at Virginia Commonwealth University from diverse academic backgrounds including physics, nuclear engineering, biomedical engineering and other fields, and they go on to a variety of positions following graduation.


About the Program

The Medical Physics program at Virginia Commonwealth University, accredited by CAMPEP in 2010, provides students the foundational knowledge and hands-on clinical training necessary to practice as clinical medical physicists.

Full-time students complete the program in a minimum of two years.

The mission of the master’s program is to serve the commonwealth of Virginia and the nation by helping to meet the demand for competent medical physicists in the health care delivery setting. The program will prepare students for careers as qualified and independent clinical medical physicists. Required course work provides theoretical and practical training in radiation dosimetry, radiation biology, radiation therapy, medical imaging and health physics.

Professional competency: To develop professional competency in medical physics by providing a framework in which students progressively develop mastery of the current state of medical physics and an ability to synthesize this information and apply it in a clinical setting. Additionally, students in the program will develop skills in the various means of communicating the core of medical physics knowledge and clinical applications of that knowledge to a variety of potential audiences.

Clinical competency: To develop clinically competent medical physics graduates by providing a framework in which students progress from didactic knowledge to clinical knowledge and demonstrate application of clinical medical physics principles, practices and procedures.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Topographical Anatomy and Physiology
  • Radiological Physics and Radiation Dosimetry
  • Radiation Therapy Physics
  • Health Physics
  • Radiobiology for the Medical Physicist
  • Physics of Diagnostic Imaging

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students must have a minimum of 30 credit hours in undergraduate physics, physical science or engineering, of which at least 18 credit hours must be at the upper level. Background courses should include calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, modern physics, and electricity and magnetism
  • GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale
  • The applicant must provide a personal statement discussing reasons for pursuing graduate study
  • All non-native English-speaking applicants must provide evidence of English language proficiency
  • Prospective students who have studied outside of the U.S. must provide an official course-by-course external credential evaluation as a required part of the admission process
  • Proof of adequate funds to live and study full time at VCU by submitting an I-20 DS Request Form accompanied by an original bank verification letter
  • A $70 state-required application fee

Tuition Fee

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    25956 USD/year
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    25956 USD/year
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  • In-State

    12618 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12618 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Richmond

1071 - 1750 USD /month
Living costs

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