Physics (B.S.)/Health Physics (M.A.S.)

This accelerated master’s degree program combines a Bachelor of Science in Physics with a professional-track Master of Health Physics degree, leading to a career as a radiation health physicist.

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This program is designed for career seekers in the government, industry, the military, and environmental and health-related fields where radiation protection and planning are critical.

The unique opportunity to take classes online, as well as on campus, sets Illinois Tech apart from other health physics programs. Illinois Tech is one of only a handful of universities that offer this accelerated master’s opportunity, which can be completed in as few as five years. Illinois Tech faculty also have professional connections that can lead you to a health physics internship.

The health physics program includes two specializations. Radiological Security and Emergency Response addresses qualifications for the Department of Homeland Security’s Radiological Operations Support Specialist (ROSS) Program. Radiochemistry prepares for careers in nuclear medicine, homeland security, and environmental protection.

Program requirements build your professional skills in management, team leadership, and communications, not only excelling your ability to work in teams, but also enabling you to be a leader who can solve real-world problems.

Program Overview

This program is designed for career seekers in the government, industry, the military, and environmental and health-related fields where radiation protection and planning are critical. Illinois Tech is one of a handful of universities offering this accelerated master’s opportunity.

Career Opportunities

Health physicists find work in many industries including health care, energy, education, and the military.

  • Environmental health physicist
  • Reactor health physicist
  • Radiation regulator
  • Radiation therapist
  • Radiation safety officer

Students applying to the Accelerated Master's Program must have completed at least 60 credit hours of applicable undergraduate study and at least one full semester, or 12 credit hours, at the university.

Students must be at least one full-time semester, or 12 credit hours, away from undergraduate degree completion in order to apply.

Applicants are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0. Please consult individual departments for specific minimum GPA requirements.