Medical Physics Graduate Program - Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to the Purdue University Graduate School (see Graduate School Bulletin). In addition, the applicant should have an undergraduate degree in physics, electrical engineering, or comparable academic training. The number of available slots for new students each year is very limited. Because the number of applicants far exceeds the available number of openings, successful applicants will generally be those who have a strong academic record, outstanding GRE scores, and good recommendations.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MP program are expected to have an undergraduate degree in physics, engineering or comparable academic training, such as Purdue’s B.S. degree in Pre-Medical Physics. Typical minimum undergraduate coursework should include:

  • Analytic Geometry and Calculus (2 semester sequence), Multivariate Calculus and Differential Equations (1 semester)
  • General Chemistry (2 semester sequence), Organic Chemistry (1 semester)
  • Fundamentals of Biology (2 semester sequence)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (2 semester sequence)
  • Modern Mechanics, Electricity and Optics, Electricity and Optics Laboratory, Modern Physics, Modern Physics Lab, Intermediate Mechanics, and Quantum Mechanics
  • Elementary Statistical Methods

Students that have not completed prior coursework in anatomy and physiology upon entry into the program are required to take a 2-semester sequence of anatomy and physiology (BIOL 301/302 or BIOL 203/204) or BMS 510 Gross Anatomy (1 semester). Alternate plans of study are available for students that do not have the equivalent of a B.S. or minor in physics. Students with other deficiencies in their undergraduate curriculum may be accepted or conditionally accepted into the program at the discretion of Head of the School. Students accepted on a conditional basis may be required to take additional 100, 200, 300 or 400 level classes to address coursework deficiencies. A grade of B or better in all 100, 200, 300 or 400 level classes and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better at Purdue University is required for students accepted on a conditional basis. Upon completing the identified deficiencies, the Head of the School, in consultation with the RHS Program Director and GC Chair, re-evaluate the admission status of conditionally accepted students and either accept or deny admission into the MP graduate program. Conditionally accepted students that are ultimately denied admission into the MP program are counseled on possibly alternate degree paths at Purdue as well as alternative career paths.

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