Health Physics (M.A.S.)

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the prerequisites for admission to the Master of Health Physics program?
You should enter the program with two semesters each of calculus, calculus-based physics, and chemistry. We also recommend one semester each of differential equations, modern physics, and biology.
2. What are the requirements to earn the Master of Health Physics degree?
To earn the Master of Health Physics degree, you must complete a minimum of 31 credit hours from the list of approved courses while maintaining a minimum grade-point average of 3.0/4.0 (B average). You are also required to pass a comprehensive exam. If you have a 3.5 GPA or higher in the core science courses, the exam requirement will be waived.
3. What mathematical skills are important in the program?
Algebra, including manipulation of multiple variables, as well as calculus, including derivatives, integrals, simple differential equations, and Taylor expansions.
4. What is the difference between medical physics and health physics?
There is significant overlap between these two fields. Health physics includes all medical applications, as well as many non-medical applications of ionizing radiation, whereas medical physics is specifically geared toward the application of radiation-related techniques in medicine and, particularly, medical imaging.
5. Does a Master in Health Physics from Illinois Tech qualify me to sit for the American Board of Radiology's Part 1 Radiological Physics examination?
Since our program is a health physics program rather than a medical physics program, we have not explicitly sought American Board of Radiology approval for our program. There is a lengthy discussion on the ABR website of the requirements for sitting for the Part I exam. We would encourage you to discuss the appropriateness of Illinois Tech's program directly with the ABR.
6. Can I take all the health physics courses online?
Thirteen of the 14 courses offered in the program can be taken online. Instrumentation for Health Physics (PHYS770) requires attendance for its lab component.
7. When can I start?
If the prerequisites have been met, you may begin your graduate studies in fall, spring, or summer semesters.
8. How long will it take?
Part-time students earning a professional science master's degree can generally finish the program in two and a half years.
9. How many courses should I take in a semester?
The part-time program is designed for students to take a maximum of two courses per semester. On occasion, students may take three courses a semester when available—with prior approval from their adviser.
10. What will my diploma state as the degree earned?
Your diploma will state that you have earned a Master of Health Physics.
11. May I start off as a Master of Health Physics student and transfer into the Master of Health Physics with a Specialization in Radiochemistry track?
Yes, it may be possible to transfer into the radiochemistry track. You must first consult with your academic adviser to receive permission to do so.
12. Where can I find additional information about Illinois Tech's policies and procedures?
▸  Information for current graduate students can be found on the Office of Graduate Academic Affairs website.
▸  Information for applicants can be found on the graduate admission section of the Illinois Tech website.
▸  Inquiries about online course access can be found on the Office of Digital Learning website.
▸  For course descriptions, see the Graduate Bulletin.
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