The University of Chicago | Graduate Admissions

Medical Physics - PhD

Division: Biological Sciences
Degree Type: PhD

Program Description

Medical physics applies the principles of the physical sciences to biomedical problems. The activities of medical physicists cover a broad spectrum that ranges from the study of basic biomedical processes to the diagnosis and treatment of disease, and thus, the training of a medical physicist must be broad. To participate fruitfully in this interdisciplinary profession, a medical physicist must be thoroughly competent in the physical sciences and mathematical sciences related to imaging physics and radiation physics, must understand biological principles, and must be able to communicate with physicians.

The Committee on Medical Physics (CMP) offers a program to provide aspiring medical physicists with the knowledge that they will need in their future profession. Our program leads mainly to the PhD with emphasis on research that provides preparation for careers in academia, industry, and/or clinical support roles. Occasionally, the MS degree will be conferred. 

The medical physics program at the University of Chicago is recognized internationally for its research excellence. Many of the investigators are leaders in their respective specialties. Also, because the program is located in the University of Chicago Medical Center, there are strong interactions between the clinical and research staff. Faculty with a primary interest in diagnostic imaging hold appointments in the Department of Radiology, whereas faculty with a primary interest in the physics of radiation therapy hold appointments in the Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology.

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Application Method

Applications should be initiated through the online application. Paper applications are not accepted.


Deadline for admissions and financial aid: December 1

The Biological Sciences Division admits applicants once a year for the following Autumn Quarter. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered.

Campus Visits

Campus visits and interviews are not required. Contact the department for more information.

Degree Objective

The Biological Sciences Division admits applicants only for the PhD degree. 

Application Requirements

  1. Online Application Form and Supplemental Form
  2. Non-refundable application fee
  3. 3 Letters of Recommendation
  4. GRE and TOEFL Scores
  5. Transcripts from all institutions attended after high school should be uploaded with the application.


Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are emailed in early March. Direct all questions about your application directly to the admissions office.

Program Requirements

  1. Basic required course sequence
  2. 9 elective courses
  3. Qualifying comprehensive exam
  4. 2 teaching assistantships
  5. Dissertation proposal and defense

Costs & Financial Aid

All present CMP students are receiving aid (either through a fellowship, grant, or Research Assistantship), with full tuition reimbursement and stipend. The Division of Biological Sciences offers academically qualified applicants complete and equitable support. Students in good academic standing are guaranteed an initial five years of support (conditional on satisfactory academic progress) in a package that includes the cost of tuition, health insurance, and a stipend for living expenses.