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Wayne State University

Aim Higher

School of Medicine

FAQ for Applicants

Q: How long does it take to complete the M.S. program?

Full-time students can complete the classroom component of the program in four semesters. In addition, a required research component and a recommended clinical rotation are generally completed after the classroom coursework is completed. Finally, all students must complete an exit exam before graduation. An estimate of the mean time to graduation for full-time students is approximately 20-24 months.  More information can be found in a helpful guide to the program written from the student's perspective.

Q: Are there any pre-requisites to be eligible for the program?

  • Mathematics: At least three semesters of calculus and elementary differential equations.
  • Physics: Bachelor’s degree in Physics, or Bachelor’s degree in a related science or engineering that includes at least three upper level physics courses (e.g., electricity & magnetism, modern physics, classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics, thermodynamics, etc.)

Q: Does the program accommodate part-time students?

Yes. Although taking the program full-time is recommended, a student can take courses on a part-time schedule. A part-time student can expect to complete the program in slightly less than three years.

Q: How much does it cost to obtain a degree in this program?

The M.S. program currently requires 37 credits.  The cost of those credits depends upon your resident status.  Use the WSU graduate school tuition calculator to obtain current information.

Q: How long must I have resided in Michigan before I am eligible for resident tuition?

You must have been a resident for a minimum of six months prior to the first day of classes in order to receive resident tuition. Residents of Ontario, Canada, and residents of Fulton, Lucas, Ottawa and Williams counties in Ohio who enroll at Wayne State University in academic programs will have the non-resident portion of fees waived, excluding M.D. students.

Q: Is funding available for M.S. and Ph.D. students?

A limited amount of funding is available to support M.S. students, but most are self-supported. Almost all Ph.D. students are fully supported after year 1. Graduate Research Assistantships are generally awarded only to Ph.D. students in their second year or beyond. Some funding opportunities for M.S. and Ph.D. students are provided through Graduate School Scholarships and Fellowships. The Graduate-Professional Scholarship is open to all applicants, and awards recipients with a full year of tuition. Please see the link above for important deadlines regarding application for this award.

In addition, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine is pleased to announce the availability of a Fellowship for the training of a pre-doctoral student in the field of Medical Physics. Fellowship for graduate study in Medical Physics is sponsored by the Radiological Society of North America and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. Information and applications are available. Students are encouraged to apply.

Q: Where can I find general information about Wayne State University and the graduate school? 

Several websites that provide useful information about the university include: