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Medical Physics (PSM) 
Program Description

The medical physics option of the professional science master's degree program is a joint program between the Departments of Physics and Radiation Oncology.  The program provides didactic and clinical training in medical physics. Founded in 2007, this program is CAMPEP accredited.

Students who choose this program will be involved in course work covering radiation physics, imaging physics, radiation oncology physics, radiation safety, radiation biology and business.  Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a clinical radiation oncology physics internship. This internship will provide extensive training in radiation oncology physics including linear accelerator calibration, treatment planning, quality assurance, chart checking, external beam radiotherapy, brachytherapy and imaging.  Imaging internships may be arranged for interested students. Students who complete this track will be well prepared for part 1 of the American Board of Radiology certification exam and will be ready to enter a medical physics residency program.

Research is an essential part of this program. Each student will be involved in a research project over the course of the time in the program.  Student research projects are generally clinical in nature but opportunities for basic science projects are possible.

The PSM-Medical Physics program also requires at least one business course as part of the program. Professional medical physicists are often involved in the business side of medicine and our program provides preparation for these duties. Graduating students will be able to adapt the business side of medical physics and provide knowledgeable contributions to their employers.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Physics -

Physics at the University of Arizona is vested in discovery. Our department is probing the limits of what's known about the physical world, challenging boundaries, and exploring new directions. With internationally renowned programs and dedicated faculty who are leaders in their fields, we offer an environment that fuses cutting-edge research with teaching excellence.  Our world-class faculty and students are constantly working on a wide variety of topics across major physics disciplines. We’re exploring the boundaries of what’s known at the largest and smallest scales in the universe, and stretching the limits of what’s possible in the manipulation of matter and energy recognizing unsolved problems as opportunities for scientific breakthroughs.

College of Science  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Hildegard K Lueders
Graduate Program Coordinator
Hildegard K Lueders
Director of Graduate Studies
Christopher J Watchman
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements
  • GPA 3.0
  • General GRE required, physics subject test or related area strongly recommended but not required.
  • Completed bachelor's degree (or the equivalent) in physics, nuclear engineering, health physics, medical physics, or other engineering (alternative preparation will be considered on a case-by-case basis but must include equivalence to a minor in physics including at least three upper division physics courses).
  • 3 letters of recommendation from qualified individuals (provide contact info as part of online application)
  • Statement of purpose: short essay describing interest in the Professional Science Master's Degree Program in Medical Physics at the University of Arizona and how it fits in with your scientific and career goals
  • List of upper division physics courses taken and name of texts used.

In addition to the above requirements, international students are also required to have the following:

  • TOEFL 550
  • TSE minimum 45
  • Financial Guarantee Form (only after admission)
Standardized Tests

Required test(s): General GRE, TOEFL (TOEFL for Intnl applicants only)
Recommended GRE Subject tests: Physics


Financial Aid

The PSM-MP does not guarantee financial aid as this is a professional program.  Each year the Department of Physics does have teaching assistant opportunities which may be filled by PSM-MP students once all PhD students are accounted for.  Generally these opportunities may be assigned to PSM-MP students in June of the year of their entry into the program.  These are year to year appointments.  Please contact Dr. Sean Fleming ( for additional information.

The Department of Radiation Oncology has part time opportunities for a clinical physics technician in radiation oncology.  Three spots are available and are filled only when a vacancy occurs.  Generally this means that 0-3 openings may be available each year.  Please contact Dr. Watchman ( to learn if this is available.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: Jan. 31

International Applicants:

  • Fall: Jan. 31
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher.               

First Fall Semester                           

Medical Physics               PHYS 540     3 units                  
Project Management            MIS 578      3 units                 
Radiation Dosimetry           RONC 601A    3 units                  
Medical Physics Seminar       RONC 596C    1 unit           
Total: 10 units                                            


First Spring Semester                       

Techniques in Particle Physics        PHYS 586        3 units                    
Experimental Physics                  PHYS 544/545    0-6 units*                   
Therapeutic Radiological Physics      RONC 601B       3 units                    
    Total: 6-12 units                     
*Choose 3 from 545 A-F                                 



Internship in Medical Physics 1       3 units                                               


Second Fall Semester                           

Biomedical Imaging             BME 516     3 units                    
Health Physics                 RONC 502    3 units                    
Physics Elective/Internship 2  PHYS        3 units                   
    Total:    9 units                  


Second Spring Semester                           

Advanced Medical Optics      OPTI 638    3 units                    
Radiation Biology            RONC 601D   3 units                   
Physics Electives            PHYS        0-3 units                   
    Total:    6-9 units                   
Total units        36+ units                                            


Medical Physics Specialization Courses                           

Mathematical Methods                PHYS 575     3 units                    
Human Anatomy and Physiology I      PSIO 201     4 units                   
Human Anatomy and Physiology II     PSIO 202     4 units    
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Last revised 15 Sep 2016