Health Physics


The Health Physics Program, the only one in the Washington area, leads to an M.S. degree with an option to specialize in either health physics or nuclear non-proliferation. It is a part-time evening program designed for working professionals.

For students who select the environmental health option, the focus of the internships and the thesis will be directed more toward environmental radiation protection. The program has been designed to provide students with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to become competent health physicists.

Students in the program will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in various areas associated with health physics, such as basic radiation physics, radiation detection and dosimetry, environmental radiation protection and radiation biology.

Our alumni are highly qualified professionals who occupy key positions in government, academia and in the private sector. Our research program is also well funded, enabling us to support high-quality graduate students.

Degrees Offered

  • M.S.

Application Deadline

Spring 2021

November 1, 2020

Fall 2021

May 15, 2021

Application Requirements

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions How to Apply page.


Please read the complete admissions information found on the the Biomedical Graduate Education page.

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts – Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit our How to Apply (new window) page for additional details and FAQs.
  • Official Recommendations (3)
  • TOEFL/IELTS  (please see below)

Admission requirements include three letters of recommendation, an academic statement of purpose, standardized tests (see below) and an application fee.

In addition, the following are required:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in one of the natural sciences (i.e., physics, biology, chemistry) or in engineering.
  • Physics (at least two semesters).
  • Calculus (at least one semester).

Applicants to the Master’s program are selected on a competitive basis by a faculty committee which evaluates the application, letters of recommendation, and academic record. For full-time students, it is expected that the Master’s program can be completed in two years. Part-time students taking two courses per semester would be expected to complete the program in approximately three years.


Results of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are NOT REQUIRED for this program; however, if the applicant has taken the GRE, results may be sent to the program as a supplemental admission material.


All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English). All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without GRE or TOEFL/IELTS scores.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 80 (iBT test)  on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  The Georgetown University Biomedical Graduate Education TOEFL score reporting code is 5244.  TOEFL information:

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.0 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information:

Degree Requirements

  • Twenty-six semester credits of course work
  • A written comprehensive examination
  • Completion of a thesis
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher for all course work