The Master of Science in Medical Physics (M.S.M.P.) degree program is intended to prepare students for productive careers as medical physicists and is consistent with the requirements recommended by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. The program is designed to be completed in one and one-half years by well-motivated, full-time students. The M.S.M.P. has the following course credit-hour requirements:

 With ThesisWithout Thesis
Required Medical Physics Courses2828
Elective Medical Physics Courses03
Other Elective Courses06
Clinical Rotation (MP 8104)33
Total for Degree4040

The required courses for this degree are:

  • MP 4750 Diagnostic Imaging Physics
  • MP 6011 Seminar in Medical Physics I
  • MP 6012 Seminar in Medical Physics II
  • MP 6101 Nuclear Medicine Physics
  • MP 6203 Radiation Therapy Physics Laboratory
  • MP 6204 Radiation Therapy Physics
  • MP 6300 Radiological Anatomy
  • MP 6401 Medical Health Physics
  • MP 6402 Radiation Dosimetry
  • MP 6407 Radiation Biology and Oncology
  • MP 6756 Radiation Physics
  • MP 6757 Radiation Detection
  • MP 8104 Clinical Rotation

Some suggested medical physics elective courses for this degree are:

  • MP 880X Special Topics in Medical Physics
  • MP 890X Special Problems in Medical Physics

Some suggested elective courses for this degree are:

  • BIOL 4015 Cancer Biology and Biotechnology
  • ECE/BMED 6780 Medical Imaging Processing
  • ECE/BMED 6786 Medical Imaging Systems
  • ECE/BMED 6793 Systems Pathophysiology
  • BME 7015 Cancer Biol/Tech
  • NRE 4404 Radiological Assessment and Waste Management
  • NRE/ME 6758 Numerical Methods
  • NRE 6101 Transport Fundamentals
  • NRE 6103 Computational Methods of Radiation Transport
  • NRE 6755 Radiological Assessment and Waste Management
  • ISYE 6411 Fundamentals of Statistics with Applications
  • ISYE 6414 Regression Analysis
  • ISYE 6644 Simulation
  • ISYE 6661 Optimization I
  • ISYE 6401 Statistical Modeling and Design of Experiments
  • ISYE 6739 Basic Statistical Methods
  • PUBP 6010 Ethics, Epistemology, and Public Policy
  • PUBP 6310 Environmental Issues
  • PUBP 6314 Policy Tools for Environmental Management
  • PUBP 6324 Environmental and Technological Risk Management
  • PUBP 6401 Science Technology and Public Policy
  • NRE 6105 Radiation Shielding

Clinical Rotation (MP 8104)

On-campus students will work with clinical medical physicists at Emory University's hospital and clinic or at the Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia. The clinical rotation requires four-hundred contact hours distributed in three areas:

  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Radiation Therapy

Distance-Learning (DL) students are required to fulfill the clinical rotations and laboratories at their own (or nearby) facilities. The student is required to identify the remote facility within the fist semester of enrollment. The medical physics program has thirteen approved remote clinical rotation facilities.

Any course in which you receive a grade of D or F, or any course taken on a nonletter grade basis (except the thesis, transfer credit, or advanced standing) does not meet these course requirements. All courses must be at the 4000 level and above. No more than six semester hours at the 4000 level can be counted toward the degree requirements.

Degree requierments for medical students enrolled in the program before Spring 2008 are locate here.


Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The doctoral degree requires 52 semester hours of course work (on a letter-grade basis) beyond the bachelor's degree or its equivalent. A total of 46 semester hours must be at the 6000 level or above. Up to six semester hours may be at the 4000 level. Any courses required for the B.S.M.E. or the B.S.N.R.E do not meet these respective course requirements.

Major Area

Must be in a coherent subject area appropriate to NE/RE. If you completed a master's thesis in this area, it may count for nine semester hours toward this requirement.


Minor Area

Must be distinctly different from the major area. The minor is intended to provide depth in an area not directly needed for Ph.D. research or related to the principal area of expertise.



May be different than the major or minor, or could be applied to the major or minor area.