News & Events

Changes in MS tuition/scholarship

(2011-10-07) The following is a statement from program director Jim Dobbins:
"There are several important changes in the Masters tuition and scholarship amounts this year that benefit our students.
"First, Duke University has adopted a new flat-rate tuition model for MS students, which means that there is one tuition rate charged for each semester of full-time study rather than the previous model that charged per credit hour. This change benefits our students because it will allow courses to be taken above our mandatory 40 credit hour requirement at no additional charge. Students desiring to take additional courses will need the approval of their advisor in order to ensure that the additional courses contribute meaningfully to the student's progress. This change will mean that students can augment their curriculum according to their career interests without additional charge for extra courses.
"Second, our medical physics graduate program is increasing the average scholarship amount granted to MS students beginning in 2011-12 to offset an increase in the overall tuition rate charged by the university. Beginning this academic year, Duke University is increasing its baseline tuition rate for Masters programs to be more in line with the level of tuition charged by other comparable universities. Our graduate program has decided, however, to increase the level of our average scholarship amount for MS students to offset most of that tuition increase, so that our students will see a net tuition increase only a few percent above last year's tuition. Thus, keep in mind that the tuition level listed on the Duke Graduate School webpage is the base tuition BEFORE our graduate program's scholarships are applied. Our Masters scholarship amounts are given on a competitive basis, so that the level of scholarship depends on the strength of a given applicant's metrics; thus, not all students receive the same scholarship amount. However, our overall scholarships provided to Masters students this year will increase substantially over last year in order to offset most of the overall tuition increase by the university."

Jason Bond Air Force Swearing in Ceremony

(2011-09-22) Jason Bond is the latest student from our program to join the Air Force and receive a prestigious $142,000 fellowship from the Health Professions Scholarship Program. Today, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. This competitive, multi-discipline scholarship is offered to aspiring health professionals and is granted with the understanding that the recipient serve in the military as a means of repayment.

Welcome to New Class

(2011-09-16) The 7th class presents itself as a well-balanced group of 19 students: 14 MS, 4 PhD and 1 non-degree. There were 7 females and 12 males, and the students come from US, China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Congo. Scott Robertson, a PhD student, received an AAPM/RSNA Fellowship for Graduate Study in Medical Physics; Matthew Belley received an NIH training fellowship. Congratulations to Scott and Matt!

Open house announced for 10/14/2011

(2011-09-13)  The Duke University Medical Physics Graduate Program is pleased to announce its open house for prospective graduate students on Fri Oct 14, 2011, 11 AM - 6 PM. You are invited to attend to learn more about the program, specifically you may:

  • Visit departments and labs
  • Talk with faculty and students
  • Learn about financial aid and scholarships
  • Tour the campus
  • Have dinner and socialize with Medical Physics students

The open house will take place in the medical physics program space, 2424 Erwin Rd, Hock Plaza, Suite 101, Durham NC 27705.
Contact for RSVP: Katherine Hand,

The Medical Physics Graduate Program offers both M.S. and PhD degrees, and is an interdisciplinary program sponsored by five departments: radiology, radiation oncology, physics, biomedical engineering, and occupational and environmental safety (health physics). It is fully accredited by CAMPEP.

Dewhirst named Associate Dean for Faculty Mentoring

(2011-09-06) Program Director Jim Dobbins said today, "Dean Nancy Andrews announced this morning that Mark Dewhirst, the Gustavo S. Montana Professor of Radiation Oncology and one of our medical physics faculty members, has been appointed as the new Associate Dean for Faculty Mentoring.  Dr. Dewhirst won the Mentorship Award in our graduate program in 2009, and has a long record of successful mentoring at various levels.  He is an ideal fit for this new position, and I think we can take great pride in knowing that a faculty member from our program is taking on such an important role in the medical center."