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MEDICAL PHYSICS Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress

To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress in addition to the requirements of the program.

Master’s Degrees:

M.S.

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D.

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

32 credits

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

54 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

29 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

42 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of degree coursework (16 out of 32 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 500 or above, which are considered to be graduate-level courses. Requirements are the same for all options/tracks within the M.S. program.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Seventy-five percent of degree coursework (40 credits out of 54 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 500 or above, which are considered to be graduate-level courses. Requirements are the same for all options/tracks within the Ph.D. program.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 3 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to the master’s degree program is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval, 7 credits in medical physics courses from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree above the undergraduate graduation requirements are allowed to count toward the degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 15 credits of coursework numbered 500 or above taken as a UW–Madison Special student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to the master’s degree program is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 12 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. coursework earned five years or more prior to admission to the doctoral degree program is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval, 7 credits in medical physics courses from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree above the undergraduate graduation requirements are allowed to count toward the degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 15 credits of coursework numbered 500 or above taken as a UW–Madison Special student. Coursework earned five years or more prior to admission to the doctoral degree program is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

General Medical Physics track: Candidates must complete core courses totaling 20 credits, including: Med Phys 410, 463, 501, 566, 567, 569 and 701. Elective courses include either anatomy or physiology and 2 credits of Journal Club (Med Phys 990).

Imaging Physics track: Candidates must complete core courses totaling 25 credits, including: Med Phys 463, 501, 573, 574, 567, 568, 569, 575 and 701. Elective courses include either anatomy or physiology and 2 credits of Journal Club (Med Phys 990).

Health Physics track: Candidates must complete core courses totaling 20 credits, including Med Phys 410, 463, 501, 569, 664, 699, 701 (Independent reading course on H.P. Rules and Regulations, 1 cr); and NE 427 and 571. Elective courses must include at least one course from Med Phys 661, 662, 663, or 665; either anatomy or physiology; and 2 credits of Journal Club (Med Phys 990).

CAMPEP Accreditation Requirement: Effective with the entering class of 2012, a certificate of completion of the minimum medical physics core curriculum defined by AAPM Report 197 will be provided to students who have taken Med Phys 410, 463, 501, 566, 567, 569, 572, 573, 568, 575, 701, and anatomy or physiology, regardless of the track pursued.

Program-Specific Courses Required

Completion of the core and elective course requirements as defined for the master’s degree is required. See the Program-Specific Courses Required section of this table for master's degrees.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

The 54 credits needed to satisfy the Ph.D. degree requirement must include 9 credits of graduate-level courses (greater than and including 300 level) constituting a minor subject area, consisting of a coherent body of work complementary to the candidate’s research. The objective of the minor course requirement is to add a defined breadth to the candidate’s education. Please see the Medical Physics Graduate Student Handbook for more information regarding minor options.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required

Other Grade Requirements

See Medical Physics Graduate Student Handbook for department criteria for satisfactory academic progress.

Other Grade Requirements

See Medical Physics Graduate Student Handbook on department criteria for satisfactory academic progress.

Probation Policy

See Medical Physics Graduate Student Handbook for more information.

Probation Policy

See Medical Physics Graduate Student Handbook for more information.

Advisor / Committee

Candidates must acquire a major professor/advisor by the beginning of the second semester of study.

Advisor / Committee

Candidates must acquire a major professor/advisor by the beginning of the second semester of study.

See Medical Physics Graduate Student Handbook for department criteria for doctoral committee.

Assessments and Examinations

Candidates are expected to take the M.S./Ph.D. qualifying examination by the end of the second semester of study. Contact the department for more information.

Assessments and Examinations

The qualifying examination should be taken by the end of the second semester. Students should complete the preliminary examination by the end of the third year. Permission from the graduate committee and department chair is required if the exam needs to be taken after the third year. Defense of a dissertation is required within five years of successful completion of the preliminary examination.

Time Constraints

The qualifying examination should be taken by the end of the second semester. Master’s degree course requirements should be completed by the end of the second year.

Time Constraints

The qualifying examination should be taken by the end of the second semester. Students should complete the preliminary examination by the end of the third year. Permission from the graduate committee and department chair is required if the exam needs to be taken after the third year. Defense of a dissertation is required within five years of successful completion of the preliminary examination.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.