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Like A Family

“We really wanted to build the program in such a way that we were like a family,” recounts Dr. Dobbins, Director Emeritus. Our faculty and staff are the stars of this video, featuring over two dozen languages and tractors. Welcome to Duke Medical Physics!

Application Process

In our CAMPEP-accredited program, students can study toward the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Detailed information is available in our Admissions section on How to Apply, including application deadlines, procedures, and prerequisites.

No. You may apply to the PhD program after a bachelor’s degree. Many of our applicants do not have a master’s degree at the time of enrollment.

Costs for both MS and PhD studies are described at Duke Graduate School – Cost to Attend.

Yes, we offer competitive, merit-based partial scholarships to our master’s students, which cover up to 30% of tuition costs. Admitted students are invited to apply for the scholarship after an offer of admission has been made, and the scholarship award notification (including exact amount) will be available to you before you enter your enrollment decision. For more information, please see our page on Financial Aid.

No. All of our PhD applicants are offered a chance to be considered for MS admission at no extra cost. This does not require a new application or new recommendation letters.

Simply follow the two steps below:

  • (a) Indicate on your application form that you wish to be considered for MS admission as well.
  • (b) Send an email to the Director of Graduate Studies indicating your preference to also be considered for the MS program.

Yes, you may take courses from other departments at Duke. In consultation with their advisors and the Director of Graduate Studies, we encourage students to take courses from other departments and build an interdisciplinary educational experience that suits their needs.

The MS program takes 2 years, and the PhD program takes 5-6 years.

Please contact us with any questions you may have. We look forward to receiving your application for graduate study at Duke.