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Graduate Studies in Medical Physics

MSC01 1120
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Department of Nuclear Engineering

Phone: 505-277-5431
Fax: 505-277-5433

Admission to Programs

As most students enter the program from a variety of non-medical physics backgrounds, admission to the Medical Physics program is based on undergraduate GPA, performance in physics and math courses, letters of recommendation, and GRE and TOEFL scores. Graduate students will begin their studies in the fall semester.

Prospective students are encouraged to visit our campus and departments. Advance arrangements are recommended in order to schedule a meeting with individual professors.

Application to the program requires:

  • A bachelor's or graduate degree in physics or an allied science with a minor in physics (or equivalent of a minor in physics based on UNM standards)
    • A two-semester calculus-based introductory physics course (total of 6 credits)
    • One year of differential and integral calculus
    • A semester of differential equations
    • Three upper division courses in physics (3 credits hours each)
      • Commonly approved courses include electricity & magnetism (PHYC 405), atomic physics, modern physics (PHYC 330), quantum mechanics, optics (PHYC 302), nuclear physics, heat & thermodynamics (PHYC 301), and advanced mechanics (PHYC 303)
  • Highly recommended coursework, but not required: A survey course in general biology, human biology or mammalian physiology, and one year of general chemistry with laboratory
  • Courses must be completed at an institution accredited by one of the organizations recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent), with a particular focus on physics and math performance
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • General GRE scores (Physics GRE is not required but may help with assistantships)
  • TOEFL scores for international applicants
  • Letter of Intent or Statement of Purpose

Application deadlines:

For domestic applicants: Fall semester priority deadline is January 15, final deadline July 15
For international applicants: Fall semester priority deadline is January 15, final deadline March 1