Graduate Students

Degree Requirements

Traditional Health Physics: The requirements for the M.S. degree include completion of 26 semester credits of course work, a written comprehensive examination, and a thesis. The student must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher for all course work. Upon completion of the thesis research, the student will be required to defend the results orally before the thesis committee, which may include specialists from outside the University. Approval of the written thesis and satisfactory presentation before the examining committee constitute successful completion of the requirements for the Master's degree. For full-time students, it is expected that the Master's program complete the program in less than 24 months. Part-time students taking two courses per semester would be expected to complete the program in three years.

Nuclear Nonproliferation: For this track the only differences are that (1) no thesis is required; (2) it is required to complete 30 semester credits of course work (not 26); and (3) a three-month Nuclear Nonproliferation internship is required. Full time students on this track are expected to complete the requirements for graduation in 18 months.

Required for BOTH Health Physics and Nuclear Nonproliferation: RASC-500, 502 and 600

Additional courses required for Health Physics: RASC-520, and either RASC-530 or RASC-540

Additional courses required for Nuclear Nonproliferation: RASC-560, 650, 760, and 770. (Internship 998 also required.)

Course offerings

The following required courses are offered annually:


  • RASC-500 Radiation Science
  • RASC-502 Radiation Protection
  • RASC-520 Radiation Biology
  • RASC-560 Introduction to Nuclear Nonproliferation
  • RASC-600 Environmental Health Physics


  • RASC-530 Cancer Risk Assessment
  • RASC-540 Molecular Basis of Carcinogenesis
  • RASC-650 Radiation Detection
  • RASC-770 Nuclear Weapons Detection and Production Cycle
  • RASC-760 Indicators of Nuclear Proliferation