Optics & Medical Imaging Specialization

Program Overview

The recent growth in the fields of optics, optical, acoustical, and NMR imaging, tomography, holography, and image processing brought strong interest from local companies and hospitals in expertise in contemporary optics and modern imaging techniques.  The Physics Department of Cleveland State University offers a M.S. degree in Physics, with an emphasis on Optics and Medical Imaging designed for scientists and engineers who wish to develop competence in contemporary optics and modern imaging techniques.  This specialization includes courses taught by the Physics Department faculty and by medical physicists from the Cleveland Clinic.

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Admission Requirements

Fall Application Deadline: In order to be considered for financial support all applications must be received by May 1.

Prerequisites: an undergraduate degree in physics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, or an allied field. Students with deficient backgrounds are required to register for additional courses to remove deficiencies.

GRE Requirement: Required general test with verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing. The Math portion of the GRE has to be at least in the 50th percentile.

Letters Of Recommendation: Required two letters of recommendation.

TOEFL Requirement: Students whose undergraduate training is not in the United States must take the TOEFL and score above 600 (paper version) and the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and score above 300.

Degree Completion Requirements

A minimum of 32 credits are required, chosen from the following list or approved substitutions:

  • PHY515: Introduction to Biological Physics, 4cr
  • PHY516: Macromolecular Crystallography, 4cr
  • PHY520: Computational Physics, 4cr
  • PHY530: Medical Radiation Physics, 3cr
  • PHY532: Radiation Safety, 2cr
  • PHY540: Medical Imaging, 3cr
  • PHY550: Optics, 4cr
  • PHY555: Optics Lab, 4cr
  • PHY560: Lasers, 4cr
  • PHY565: Image Processing, 4cr
  • PHY598: Project, 4cr.