Medical Physics, MSMP

Penn’s Master of Science in Medical Physics (MSMP) degree prepares students to bridge physics and clinical medicine, overseeing clinical applications of radiation and creating the cutting-edge medical technologies of tomorrow. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP). Full-time students can complete the MSMP program in two years. In the second year, clinical rotations place students in the University of Pennsylvania Health System. During the program, students gain the clinical experience necessary to apply for residencies and move into clinical practice as well as research experience should students desire to pursue a PhD degree.

Students also have the opportunity to do part-time clinical work in the University of Pennsylvania Health System to gain relevant clinical experience while earning an hourly wage. The program can typically be completed full-time in two academic years and one summer session.  Part-time study is possible. 


A total of 15 course units is required, including a thesis. Students complete a faculty-mentored, applied research project of their own design, culminating in a paper and presentation. 

Plan of Study Grid
First YearCourse Units
MPHY 600 Professional Development 0.0
MPHY 601 Introduction to Radiation Protection 0.5
MPHY 602 Physics of Medical / Molecular Imaging 1.0
MPHY 603 Image-Based Anatomy 1.0
MPHY 604 Radiological Physics 1.0
MPHY 605 Medical Ethics / Governmental Regulation 0.5
MPHY 606 Physics of Radiation Therapy 1.0
MPHY 607 Radiation Biology 1.0
MPHY 610 Computational Medical Physics 1.0
 Course Units7.00
Second Year
MPHY 600 Professional Development 0.0
MPHY 608 Radiation Detection and Measurement 1.0
MPHY 700 Clinical Practicum 1.0
MPHY 611 Medical Physics Laboratory 1.0
MPHY 609 1.0
MPHY 990
MPHY 991
Select 2 electives 2.0
 Course Units8.00
 Total Course Units15.00

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.