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

Christopher Root, MA.

Christopher Root

Assistant to the Chair


955 Main Street, Room 6136, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-6942


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

You may take other courses in radiation biology, biomedical engineering, computer science, physics, electrical engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, neuroscience, bio-surface science, biostatistics with permission of your adviser.

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.

Semester 1: Fall

Semester 2: Spring

Semester 3: Fall

Semester 4: Spring

Other Course Listings


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


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 online. You’ll need to submit scanned copies of all required supporting documents before your application will be reviewed. You may save and edit your application as you go.

Official documents will be required if you are offered admission.

Once your application is ready, you must formally submit it to upload your documents.

Check Your Status

You may log in at any time to check your status.

The online checklist is your best source about the status of your application during the review process; please check it frequently. 

You will receive an email when your admission decision is available in the portal.

  • Requirements

    The following credentials are required for application consideration:

    • transcript(s) from every institution you have previously attended
    • three letters of recommendation
    • a resume
    • a personal letter stating career objectives and research experience. Research experience is highly desirable.
    • GRE score report

    GRE score reporting codes

    • Institution code: R2925
  • Department Code: 0222


Once you submit your application online for formal review, you will be provided with a link to our online payment system, where you can pay the application fee.

English Proficiency Requirement

International applicants must present a valid English Language Proficiency test score. It is university policy that test dates be no older than two years when students enter a program.

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


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.


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.