Graduate Program

Medical Physics at the University of Wisconsin

Students interested in Medical Physics are trained within the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, in Master’s of Science (MS) or Doctoral (PhD) programs.  The UW-Madison PhD program in Medical Physics is highly selective, being the largest doctoral program in the world focused singularly on Medical Physics, with approximately 90 continuously enrolled students.  Admitted doctoral students enter a 5 year fully funded education program with premiere training facilities in diagnostic and therapeutic systems.  Smaller cohorts of MS students are admitted for Medical Physics and Health Physics degrees, who are largely self-funded.  The graduate program is accredited by CAMPEP, the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs, Inc, which includes didactic education in all aspects of mathematics, systems and physics of imaging and therapy. Prospective students are requested to review the Admissions Information (link at top left), where undergraduate coursework requirements, application deadlines, etc. are presented. Brief course descriptions and typical course sequences are also provided.

The program supports a wide range of career tracks, graduating students into clinical medical physics residencies, industrial and startup careers and academic research careers. The UW-Madison medical physics program also allows students to earn an MS or PhD degree without taking all courses specified by CAMPEP Graduate Education Standards if they choose.

For those who choose to pursue clinical physics positions in the US, a required board certification is obtained from the American Board of Radiology (ABR), and the CAMPEP accredited sequence of courses allows them to take Part 1 of the ABR exam during or after their training. Completion of a post-graduate CAMPEP-accredited medical physics residency program would typically follow their graduation. See the ABR web site for further details.

Campus Visits

Accepted students are encouraged to attend the Medical Physics Open House, held during the spring semester. This one and one-half day event includes meetings with faculty members, overviews of research areas, and tours of laboratory, clinical, and classroom space. We can accommodate visits at other times as well. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a personal visit.