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Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Undergraduate Preparation

Students entering a medical physics education program must have acquired a strong foundation in basic physics. A bachelor's degree in physics is considered the best preparation, but other physical science majors such as nuclear engineering, mechanical engineering or electrical engineering, with coursework equivalent to a minor in physics (includes introductory physics, modern physics or equivalent, and at least three upper level undergraduate physics courses or equivalent) may be acceptable. Math background should include calculus, differential equations, Fourier analysis, and preferably linear algebra. Some facility in computer programming and electronic instrumentation is recommended. Chemistry through organic, a year of biology, and an introductory course in physiology also are advantageous.

Applicants who are deficient in their physics background may be admitted into the program conditionally. If so, additional course work in physics must be taken before the student can take the medical physics qualifying exam, which is given in May or June, at the end of the second semester of graduate study. Moreover, conditionally admitted students are not eligible to register for Part 1 of the American Board of Radiology physics certification exam until deficiencies are removed.

We require scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test, usually taken during the third or early in the fourth year of undergraduate studies. It is recommended that you also take the GRE Physics Subject Test and submit these scores as well. Although no longer required for admission, Physics Subject Test scores are used by many professors when selecting candidates for financial assistance, such as research assistantships.

Computer-Based GRE Test

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) provides year-round computer-based GRE tests. A list of test centers can be found at ETS’s GRE web site. To have your GRE scores reported to the UW Department of Medical Physics, use Institution Code: 1846.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

International applicants are required to supply scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), also given through the Educational Testing Service.

Admission Deadline

November 15 - International applicants

December 1 - Domestic applicants

Admission to the graduate program is competitive. Applicants are judged on the basis of their previous academic record, including grade point averages, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, letters of recommendation, and their personal statement of reasons for graduate study.

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