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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: 

Fall 2015 admission
Application deadline: March 1, 2015

Fall 2016 priority admission
Application deadline: February 1, 2016

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

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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.

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

*Unsolicited material will not used for review.

  • 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.)

  • Have you ever been placed on probation, dismissed or suspended from any college or university for reasons pertaining to academic integrity? If this does not apply, please write N/A in your response. If yes, please include any facts that you believe bear on the significance of this circumstance.
  • 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.

International applicants whose first language is not English must also submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores to demonstrate English proficiency. If the medium of instruction for your undergraduate degree was English, you may request to waive the TOEFL requirement by sending an email to 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.

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

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Upcoming Medical Physics Open House

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Master's Application Deadlines

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The deadline for regular admission is March 1st. Get your application started!

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