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 or at one of Penn's hospital affiliates.  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 6000 Professional Development 0.0
MPHY 6010 Introduction to Radiation Protection 0.5
MPHY 6020 Physics of Medical / Molecular Imaging 1.0
MPHY 6030 Image-Based Anatomy 1.0
MPHY 6040 Radiological Physics 1.0
MPHY 6050 Medical Ethics / Governmental Regulation 0.5
MPHY 6060 Physics of Radiation Therapy 1.0
MPHY 6070 Radiation Biology 1.0
MPHY 6100 Computational Medical Physics 1.0
 Course Units7.00
MPHY 7000 Clinical Practicum 1.0
 Course Units1.00
Second Year
MPHY 6080 Radiation Detection and Measurement 1.0
MPHY 6110 Medical Physics Laboratory 1.0
MPHY 6090 Biomedical Image Analysis 1.0
MPHY 9900
MPHY 9910
Thesis I
and Thesis II
Select 2 electives 2.0
 Course Units7.00
 Total Course Units15.00

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2022 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.