Admissions Criteria and Process
Admission to the Graduate Studies in Health Physics program at Duke University is
based on a number of factors. These include, but not limited to the following:
academic transcripts (especially those in physics courses),
GRE scores (General)
TOEFL scores (if applicable),
research experience, and areas of research interest
Health Physics Background
Applicants for admission are expected to have completed an undergraduate degree or
graduate with a major in physics, engineering or in a related field with a strong
concentration in physics by the time they are admitted to the graduate program.
Undergraduate courses in general physics, mechanics (at the level of Marion),
electromagnetism (at the level of Griffiths), modern physics, quantum mechanics (at the
level of Griffiths) and advanced calculus, Differential equations are assumed.
It is expected that the applicant's grade average in physics and mathematics will be at
least "B". If you have any questions about the background expected of an incoming
graduate student, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS).
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is used as important benchmark for students'
abilities. Students from non-English speaking countries are required to demonstrate
proficiency in English via the TOEFL exam (see graduate school requirements).
Field of Research Interest
In their statement of purpose, applicants have the opportunity to discuss the field of their
research interests and mention the names of Health Physics Faculty whose direction they
wish to work. Applicants who remain undecided must clearly state this in their statement.
Although it is the policy of the department to admit the very best students irrespective of
their research interests, faculty needs and availability of funds usually limit the number of
students that can be admitted in a particular field of research.
The deadline to receive all the materials, including the letters of recommendation is
December 8 (check most current requirements). All application materials must be
received by the deadline to be reviewed by the admissions committee.