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Master of Medical Physics: Admissions and Eligibility

The Medical Physics Programs (MPP) at the University of Pennsylvania are some of the most highly regarded in the world. As such, admissions are highly selective. We seek students with a strong background in physics or a physical science and a passion for the advancement of therapeutic medicine through technology.

Master of Medical Physics eligibility

Applicants to the Master of Medical Physics (MMP) degree should have a solid foundation in physics. Successful candidates usually hold either an undergraduate major in physics or a physical science, mathematics or related engineering discipline with a strong physics orientation.

While a physics major is not require for admission, a physics minor or its equivalent is necessary in order to meet the requirements of the American Board of Radiology for students enrolled in medical physics programs in the US. These requirements include a minimum of six undergraduate courses, including intermediate-level coursework in electromagnetism.

Successful applicants will have taken at least four semesters of college-level calculus, including differential equations, as well as intermediate-level quantum mechanics, two semesters of college-level chemistry, and a course in anatomy and physiology are preferred. Admitted students typically have an average undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher and score in the 80th percentile on the quantitative component of the GRE test.

Applicants must hold either a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US institution. International students should make sure that their degree is the equivalent of a four-year degree in the US.

See Master of Medical Physics Application Overview for specific requirements.

Applications and deadlines 

The first step toward joining the Medical Physics Program at Penn is completing the online application. 

New master’s degree student cohorts are admitted for fall term only. Applications received by the priority deadline will be reviewed earliest for admission and considered first for available funding. 

Your application portfolio, including all transcripts, must be received by the following deadlines:

Fall 2015 admission
Application deadline: March 1, 2015

Fall 2015 priority admission
Application deadline: February 1, 2015

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Master's Application Deadlines

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The priority admission deadline for Fall is February 1st and the deadline for regular admission is March 1st. Get your application started!

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