Master’s Program

The Medical Physics Program to a MS degree with training in medical imaging, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine physics for careers in research, teaching or hospital practice.

The goal of the Master's Program in Medical Physics is to provide a sound academic foundation and practical experience for those planning to pursue a career in research, teaching or clinical medical physics in either of the subspecialty areas of medical imaging physics, therapeutic radiation physics or nuclear medicine physics.

Graduates are prepared for careers in these subspecialties or the continuation of their education in a postgraduate or residency program. The program comprises both academic and practical training components with the practical training taking place in affiliated hospitals.

The medical physics program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs, CAMPEP.

The medical physics group comprises faculty in multiple UB and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center departments, post-doctoral staff, graduate student assistants, and undergraduate students with additional contributions from bioengineering, clinical and allied faculty as well as technical and administrative staff. The Medical Physics Program faculty conduct research, teach and practice clinical medical physics in affiliated hospitals.

Contact Us

Medical Physics Program Coordinator

Kelly Thuman

Kelly A. Thuman, MBA

Assistant to the Chair; Medical Student Coordinator; Medical Physics Program Coordinator

Department of Radiology

199 Park Club Lane, Suite 300, Williamsville, NY 14221-5269

Phone: (716) 836-4646 EXT. 349

Email: kthuman@buffalo.edu

Program Objectives

The medical physics graduate program leading to the MS degree is intended to provide a sound scientific foundation and practical experience for those planning to pursue a career in research, teaching, or clinical medical physics service whether in sub-specialty areas of medical imaging physics, therapeutic radiation physics or nuclear medicine physics. In order to promote the achievement of this objective, the following program requirements have been adopted:

Structure of the Program

The program is structured to meet the requirements of CAMPEP for an accredited medical physics training program and those of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Master of Science Program Requirements

Credit Hours

A total of at least 36 credit hours are required for the MS degree. Of this total, at least 28 credit hours (for a Thesis Master’s) or 30 credit hours (for a project Master’s) must be earned in formal didactic coursework (including letter-graded Independent Study), including no more than 4 credit hours in Seminar, 4 credit hours in Medical Physics Practicum and excluding credits for Research, Thesis Guidance, Supervised Teaching, and (unless receiving a prior approval under special circumstances) pass/fail Independent Study. Where appropriate, didactic course credits may be transferred from other graduate programs.

Course Requirements and Sample Schedule

The following courses, where graded, must be successfully completed with the achievement of a grade of B or better.

Required of all students in the Medical Physics Program:

Substitution of a more advanced course(s) is only upon approval by the adviser and program director.

An additional 3-credit elective in the students chosen specialty area is required for PhD students and one of the following:

Medical Imaging Physics

Therapeutic Radiation Physics

Nuclear Medicine Physics

Other Electives

Qualified students may petition for a waiver of the requirement for any specific course upon the basis of the completion of an equivalent course with a grade of B or higher.

Students may be subject to a comprehensive examination once completing all core medical physics courses.

Sample Course Schedule

Masters Requirements: 36 total credits plus thesis or project

Project: 30 Credits [24 didactic + 2 (min) MP Seminar + 2 (min) MP Practicum + 2 didactic, MP Seminar or Practicum] + 6 credits elective.
Thesis: 28 Credits [24 didactic + 2 (min) MP Seminar + 2 (min) MP Practicum] + 8 credits elective including Research or Thesis Preparation.

  Course Number Course Title Code Semester Frequency Semester Credits Instructor
Sem I              
  MDY 504 Physics of Medical Imaging I RD Fall Annual 3 Bednarek
  NMD 527 Radiation Biology RD Fall Annual 2 Harvey
  BE 562 Computed Tomography SD Fall Annual 3 Ionita
  MDY 605 Medical Physics Seminar R Fall Annual 1* Faculty
  MDY 607 Medical Physics Practicum R Fall Annual var** Faculty
Sem II              
  MDY 506 Physics of Medical Imaging II RD Spring Annual 3 Bednarek
  MDY 547 External Beam Therapy Physics SD Spring Annual 3 DeBoer
  MDY 610 Ethics and Professionalism RD Spring Annual 1 Podgorsak
or MDY 508 Anatomy/Physiology RD Spring Alt Years 3 Wang
BPR 572 Magnetic Resonance Imaging ED Spring Alt Years 3 Spernyak/Seshadri
  MDY 606 Medical Physics Seminar R Spring Annual 1* Faculty
  MDY 608 Medical Physics Practicum R Spring Annual var** Faculty
Sem III              
  MDY 571 Nuclear Medicine Physics I SD Fall Annual 3 Yao
and/or MDY 550 Brachytherapy ED Fall Annual 3 Malhotra
MDY 560 Advanced Radiation Therapy Physics ED Fall Annual 3 Podgorsak/Kumaraswamy
  MDY 605 Medical Physics Seminar R* Fall Annual 1* Faculty
  MDY 582 Research E Fall / Spring Annual var Faculty
Sem IV              
  MDY 566 Imaging Physics Problems and ABR Prep SD Spring Annual 3 Rudin
or MDY 508 Anatomy/Physiology RD Spring Alt Years 3 Wang
BPR 572 Magnetic Resonance Imaging ED Spring Alt Years 3 Spernyak/Seshadri
  MDY 606 Medical Physics Seminar R* Spring Annual 1* Faculty
  MDY 582 Research E Fall / Spring Annual var Faculty
               
Other Course Listings            
  MDY 572 Nuclear Medicine Imaging Physics II ED Spring Annual 3 Yao
  MDY 522 Image Formation and Processing SD Spring Alt Years 3 Hoffmann
  MDY 523 Advanced Image Analysis SD Spring Alt Years 3 Hoffmann
  MDY 600 Independent Study E Fall / Spring Annual var Faculty
    Thesis Preparation E Fall / Spring Annual var Faculty

Code:

RD - Required didactic course

R - Required non-didactic course

SD - Specialty didactive elective [One required in each specialty area of Medical Imaging Physics, Therapeutic Radiation Physics, and Nuclear Medicine Physics]

ED - Recommended elective didactic course

E - Elective non-didactic

* MP Seminar: 1 credit per semester; 2 (for MS) or 4 (for PhD) credits are required (4 maximum)
** Practicum: 2 MP Practicum credits required (4 maximum)

Seminars

Master’s students are required to register for the specialized medical physics seminars for at least 2 semesters.

Thesis/Project

Completion of the master’s degree requires either a) submission of a thesis based upon a research project completed by the candidate; or b) completion of an in-depth report of a project exploring an area or technique of medical physics.

The thesis research or project is conducted by the graduate student under the tutelage of his/her major professor and Thesis or Project Advisory Committee. A major professor and a minimum of two faculty members from the Program’s graduate faculty, one of whom may be from outside the Program shall form the Advisory Committee. All should hold the rank of assistant professor or above in the university faculty.

The work will culminate in a written thesis dissertation or project report, which is an original contribution, written in English. Thesis or report preparation is critically monitored and supervised by the Major Professor and the Advisory Committee, both of whom must approve the final document. The oral defense of a thesis is scheduled after the candidate’s Thesis Advisory Committee and the Program Director have approved the thesis. The research represented by the dissertation is presented in a seminar prior to the formal oral defense before the Committee. If the Report option is chosen, the work reported should have been accepted and/or presented at a regional or national scientific conference by the student.

Financial Assistance

Master’s students are not generally eligible for institutional stipends or tuition scholarship awards. Some students may qualify for financial assistance from their advisors while working on a research or service project.

Highly qualified underrepresented minority candidates may be eligible for assistance through the Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship.

Federal grants and loans are available by filing the FAFSA application.

How to Apply

You can apply to the Medical Physics Master’s program online using the button below.

Under Select Degree Program  select “Medical Physics (MS)” in the dropdown list.

Submit Your Official Credentials

After you have applied online, you must submit these official credentials:

  • Official transcript(s) from every institution you have previously attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • A personal letter stating career objectives and research experience.
  • Official GRE score report(s)

GRE score reporting codes:

  • Institution code: R2925
  • Department Code: 0222

Your official credentials should be submitted directly to the department to the attention of:

Fees

The application fee is $85.

Your application fee must be paid online. This can be done via your GrAdMIT application account.

English Proficiency

International applicants must also present your official TOEFL score. It is university policy that TOEFL score reports be no older than two years when students enter a program. A TOEFL (PBT) score of 550 or TOEFL (IBT) score of 79 is considered the minimum acceptable for admissions consideration.

  • Institution code: R2925 (SUNY-University at Buffalo)
  • Department code: 36

Eligibility

The Medical Physics Accreditation Commission, CAMPEP, requires that entering students have either an undergraduate physics major or a strong physics minor with at least three upper-level advanced physics courses as required of physics majors.

Admission is based on:

  • A grade point average of B (3.0) or better
  • Examination scores (Superior quantitative and above-average analytic GRE scores are expected.)
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Academic performance
  • Research experience

Recommended undergraduate courses include: physics and mathematics, including calculus and statistics, biomedical and/or electrical engineering, chemistry, biology, and physiology.

Deadline

Your application should be completed and official documentation filed no later than March 15 for matriculation in the fall semester. However, the program has a rolling admission and you should contact the program director if you desire to file after this deadline. The admissions committee of the program will review your completed application and you will be contacted directly by the program regarding admission.