Health Physics (M.A.S.)

Designed for professionals working in nuclear security, environmental waste, government, medicine, research, and industry, this health physics program combines technical depth with the essential skills of communication, management, and leadership.

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This professional master’s degree program delves into the knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce as a highly trained health physics professional. Key skills to be accrued include applying radiation protection principles, implementing radiation protection programs, assessing radiation exposure and health risks, monitoring radiological release and environmental radiation, designing radiation controls and measurement devices, and developing radiation protection measures for regulatory compliance.

The degree is ideal for working professionals as all coursework, with the exception of a week-long instrumentation course, can be taken with in-demand, online classes. The program also focuses on developing skills needed to succeed as a professional, such as project management, public speaking, and team leadership. Specializations include Radiochemistry and Radiological Security, Emergency Preparedness and Response.

Program Overview

For more than 20 years Illinois Tech has graduated leaders in the health physics field. Gain critical skills in radiation safety, control, and containment as well as communications and team leadership to become a highly successful health physics professional.

Career Opportunities

 Health physicists are employed in the following sectors: healthcare, nuclear energy, higher education, government, and the military. Job titles include:

  • Radiation Safety Officer
  • Medical Health Physicist  
  • Health and Safety Specialist
  • Nuclear Licensing Specialist
  • Environmental Health Physicist
  • Nuclear Regulator
  • Dosimetrist  

Applicants must have completed coursework in calculus, or a calculus-based physics sequence. A course in modern physics, especially some basic quantum mechanics, is recommended.

A bachelor’s degree in physics, chemistry, biology, or engineering is required with an overall GPA of 3.0/4.0.

GRE scores: 304 (quantitative + verbal), 2.5 (analytic writing)

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