Prospective Students


"Hello" – 20 greetings in 30 seconds from our diverse program members!

Virtual Open House


Introduction by Director Mark Oldham


How to Get Involved by Student Zach Gude

Video Q&A

These are some questions from a recent open house, select each to see a short video answer.

  1. How is our program handling pandemic precautions and COVID-19 testing?
  2. How does medical physics translate research into the clinic?
  3. How should applicants show interest in or experience with research?
  4. How do students interact and stay in touch throughout the program?
  5. Are student projects relevant to clinical practice?
  6. How can my application stand out? Are candidates evaluated holistically?

Information for Prospective Students

Select the heading to open a page dedicated to answering that question.

What is Medical Physics?
Medical physics is a distinct field of its own, built upon a foundation of physics but focusing on the application to the needs of medicine. Medical physics provides the technical foundations of radiology, radiation oncology, nuclear medicine, and radiation safety. In fact, our program is one of the few that offers "tracks" to focus on all four of these major areas of medical physics. What can you do with a degree in medical physics? Our alumni have found success in many fields, including clinical physics, further graduate or medical training, industry, and academia.

How do I apply for admission?
In our CAMPEP-accredited program, students can study toward the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees. You can learn more about our admissions process, including prerequisites and deadlines.

What are special features of our academic programs?
This page describes requirements for the two degrees and information about our curriculum.

How is Duke unique?
Given many programs to choose from, you're probably wondering, why should I pick Duke? Our program benefts from affiliations to both a highly ranked university and medical center. As a result, we have faculty who are internationally renowned, and our students learn and perform research in world class facilities (short film on program facilities).

We are also blessed to be located in the Triangle region of North Carolina, which has consistently won awards for being one of the best places to live in the US. There are many wonderful opportunities for sports, arts, recreation, and dining. For more information, the Duke Graduate School prepared a page for Student Life in Durham [ext. link], which covers housing, transportation, history, entertainment, etc.

We appreciate your taking time to review our program and all that it has to offer. If you have other questions, feel free to contact us.

Virtual Tours

It's not the same as being here in person... it's better! Climb the famous Duke Chapel, soar above Duke Gardens, stare into an x-ray beam...  experience our campus and facilities in new and exciting ways. Stay tuned as we plan to keep adding more content!


Virtual Chapel Climb


Trip Through Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Duke Medicine Virtual Tour