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Master of Medical Physics: Application Overview

Master of Medical Physics application deadlines

New Master of Medical Physics student cohorts are admitted for fall terms only. Your application portfolio, including all transcripts, must be received by the following deadlines: 

Admission Cycle Deadline
Fall 2017 (priority admission)February 1, 2017
Fall 2017March 1, 2017

Note that applications received by the priority deadline will be reviewed earliest for admission and considered first for available funding. 

Master’s degree application materials checklist

Since all required supporting documents are submitted through the online application system, hardcopy material other than official transcripts or letters of recommendation will not be accepted.* Please urge your recommenders to submit their letters through the online system.

*Unsolicited material will not be used for review.

Applications must contain all of the following in order to be considered complete:

  • Completed online application
  • Current résumé
  • Nonrefundable application fee
  • Application essays, listed below
  • Unnofficial transcripts from each post-secondary school attended uploaded through the online application system 
  • Standardized test scores, as applicable (details below)
  • Three letters of recommendation (details below)

Medical Physics Programs application essays

Your application will include essays addressing the following topics. Responses may be as long or as short as you feel necessary. Keep in mind that a well-written, thoughtful and concise essay is an important part of Penn's Medical Physics Program application. (Please compile your responses into a single document, but keep them as separate essays.)

  • Please describe your career objectives and reasons for choosing the Medical Physics Program at Penn (including any previous experience with the field of medical physics). Also, use this as an opportunity to tell us about yourself and help us get to know you better. A well-written and thoughtful, though concise, essay is an important part of your Medical Physics Program at Penn application. 

Letters of recommendation

Each applicant will submit three letters of recommendation. Letters should come from individuals with whom you have had a close professional or academic association and who know of your desire to study medical physics at an advanced level. Recommendations may be submitted online (preferred) or by mail. For online recommendations, please follow the instructions in the Recommendations section of the online application.

Standardized test scores

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test is required of all applicants to the Master of Medical Physics degree program. The Physics Subject Test or another Subject Test relevant to your undergraduate education is not required for admission; however, they are recommended and could be valuable assets to your application portfolio. Request that your scores report for the GRE test be forwarded to the College of Liberal and Professional Studies, using ETS institutional code 2986.

A strong command of the English language is necessary for successful study at Penn. Applicants for whom English is a second language must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores to demonstrate English proficiency. Please note that the TOEFL is rarely waived; therefore, we encourage applicants to take the test to avoid delays in completing the application. The minimum TOEFL scores required for admissions consideration are: 100 (iBT), 250 (CBT) or 600 (PBT). The TOEFL must be sent from ETS using the institutional code 2986. To locate a testing site near you or schedule an exam, visit the TOEFL website. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also accepted and the minimum score for consideration is a 7. You may upload a copy of your IELTS test to the standardized test score section of the application.

Upon review of an applicant's file, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to request TOEFL scores.

International transcripts from institutions outside the United States

If your post-secondary credentials are from an institution outside the US, you must submit all post-secondary credentials (undergraduate and graduate) to World Education Services Inc. (WES), a third-party verification agency, for a course-by-course evaluation.

World Education Services Inc. (WES) must complete a course-by-course evaluation of all post-secondary credentials. The course-by-course evaluation should include the comparability level of your education and list each of your courses along with the equivalent U.S. marks and credit. Please select the WES basic course-by-course evaluation (with GPA and course levels) and request that WES send your evaluation to Penn College of Liberal and Professional Studies Admissions. The school can be found by searching the University of Pennsylvania and then selecting College of Liberal and Professional Studies. The evaluation becomes an official academic record and sole property of the University upon its receipt.

World Education Services Inc. evaluations will be reviewed by our administrators, and the determination of degree equivalency to US degrees is at the discretion of the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. For additional information about the WES application and their review process, you may visit their website at

Medical Physics Program resources

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Master's application deadlines

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The priority admission deadline for Fall 2017 is February 1st and the deadline for regular admission is March 1st.

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