How to Apply

Deadline and Procedures

The Medical Physics Graduate Program is a part of the Graduate School of Duke University. To apply to our program, you must submit your application through Duke University Graduate School Admissions. That external link will take you to the Duke online application site, which describes the general requirements for application to any graduate degree at Duke, including standardized tests, transcripts, letters of recommendations, personal statement, etc. Questions regarding those general requirements should be directed to the Graduate School.

Application Deadlines for Medical Physics Graduate Program (Fall 2018 matriculation):

  • PhD - Dec 8, 2017
  • MS - Jan 8, 2018

To give you the most favorable consideration, we must have received all supporting materials (including transcripts, GREs, and letters of recommendation) by the deadline. TOEFL (preferred) or IELTS scores are required for all students whose first language is not English.

Students must indicate in their applications whether they are applying for the Master of Science (M.S.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs. PhD applicants have the option of automatically being considered for MS admission if the PhD application is unsuccessful. To do so, simply indicate your preference at the time of application. A new MS application is not required in this case. Once matriculated, a student who wishes to switch from the M.S. to Ph.D. program must formally apply to be admitted to the Ph.D. program.

In addition to the general Graduate School requirements, our program has additional requirements that are listed below.

Pre-requisites for entering the program

1. B.S. in Physics. The undergraduate coursework, in addition to basic and upper-level physics courses should include the following:

  • Chemistry: 1 semester/course
  • Electronics: 1 semester/course
  • Computer science/programming: 1 semester/course


2. Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering with the following minimum college-level coursework  (possibly met if the student has a minor in physics):

  • Mathematics: 2 semesters/courses of calculus
  • Physics: 2 semester/courses of general calculus-based physics  + 3 semesters/courses of upper-level physics selected from courses  including modern physics (preferred), electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, atomic structure, statistical mechanics, and  mechanics.
  • Chemistry: 1 semester/course
  • Electronics: 1 semester/course
  • Computer science/programming: 1 semester/course

Students may be accepted with some deficiencies. Classes taken to overcome deficiencies, in consultation with the DGS, will be in addition to the standard Medical Physics curriculum.


Our graduate program is fully CAMPEP accredited and students who graduate from our program are considered to have met the requirements of a CAMPEP-compliant education, including prerequisites.  In some cases, students may be admitted without all prerequisites described above if the admissions committee assesses that they will be capable of academic success in our program.  Students who do not have the prerequisites will be considered to be in a non-CAMPEP course of study, and will not qualify for subsequent certification by the American Board of Radiology. Students admitted in this pathway may make up the deficiencies at any time before graduation to be changed to the standard pathway. Students may also be placed in this non-CAMPEP course if it is determined that their educational and career goals are best met through a curriculum that deviates from our standard CAMPEP-approved curriculum. Upon graduation, each student will receive a letter from our Director of Graduate Studies indicating clearly whether the student has completed the CAMPEP-accredited course of study or a non-CAMPEP course of study. 


The Duke Graduate Program in Medical Physics is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, as well as applicable state regulations and federal and state privacy laws. If you believe you may need and qualify for reasonable accommodations, please visit Duke's Disability Management System (DMS) for detailed information and procedures. The knowledgeable staff at DMS serve Duke’s undergraduate, graduate and professional students, trainees, employees, and faculty, as well as the public, in support of Duke University and Duke University Health System efforts to ensure an accessible, hospitable working and learning environment for people with disabilities. Through DMS, Duke ensures consistent processes for requesting accommodations, evaluating needs, and determining appropriate response, and the DMS serves as a clearinghouse for disability-related information, procedures and services available at Duke, in Durham, and in North Carolina. For more information about DMS, please visit