Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry
Medical dosimetrists are integral members of the radiation oncology team who create computerized treatment plans and perform dose calculations for patients undergoing radiation therapy. As “architects” of radiation therapy, they design plans to deliver a curative dose to tumors while limiting exposure to nearby healthy organs.
At Suffolk, you will learn from expert board-certified dosimetrists and physicists at top Boston hospitals who provide didactic and clinical instruction. Our competency-based clinical curriculum incorporates the latest planning techniques including 3D, IMRT, VMAT, brachytherapy, stereotactic, and proton therapy. You will be prepared to be a clinically competent professional who can communicate effectively, think critically, and engage in evidence-based practice.
Supervised clinical rotations are completed at our affiliates including Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), MGH Newton Wellesley, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at Milford Regional Medical Center, and MGH North Shore Cancer Center. The variety of clinical sites ensures exposure to working in a major academic center as well as a smaller community setting.
Upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply to sit for the certification exam offered by the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board.
AccreditationThe Suffolk University Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry is accredited by:
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
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Program Effectiveness Data
The Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry will be enrolling its first cohort of students in the fall of 2019. As such, we have no program effectiveness data to report for the graduate program. Please visit our Medical Dosimetry Certificate page to view program effectiveness data for the certificate program, which is still active but no longer enrolling students.
The mission of the Medical Dosimetry program is to provide students with a rigorous and comprehensive education. Students will receive instruction from a multifaceted faculty in diverse clinical settings while using the most advanced technologies to develop exceptional clinical skills that will prepare them for entry level positions. Graduates of our program will think critically, communicate effectively, and appreciate the importance of continued education in maintaining their competence.
Paying for Graduate School
Full-time, per semester
Cost Per Credit (2019-2020)
For part-time students
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January 15 (Round 2)
April 1 (Round 3, based on space availability)
- Completed online application
- $50 Application Fee (waived for students who visit campus)
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Official Transcripts of all post-secondary education
- Shadow feedback (obtained by program from clinical site where shadow occurred)
- Interview and math assessment by invitation
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic Scores (international students only)
- Writing sample on the topic of your choice, or from the following suggested topics. The purpose of this writing sample is to further evaluate your writing and communication skills, and need not be more than one typed page.
- Why have you chosen to pursue a career in Medical Dosimetry?
- When did you first realize that you wanted to become a Medical Dosimetrist?
- Describe your clinical shadow experience and what you learned from it.
All applicants to the MS in Medical Dosimetry program must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree
- 3.0 cumulative GPA
Completion of the following pre-requisite courses with a grade of C or higher:
- Calculus I
- Physics I & II with labs
- Major’s Biology with lab
- Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs
Shadow Experience in Medical Dosimetry
All applicants must complete a clinical shadow experience before the corresponding application deadline, however it is recommended that applicants complete a shadow in advance as soon as they identify an interest in applying to the program. This will require at least 4 hours of your time and consists of observing a certified Medical Dosimetrist at work to assure your suitability for the career you are pursuing.
Applicants are encouraged to complete the shadow experience at a nearby medical institution of their choice by contacting the Radiation Oncology Department and requesting a Medical Dosimetry shadow. After the shadow is complete, please send the following information by email even if you have not yet started your application. (The program will obtain feedback directly from the clinic about the shadow).
- Name of individual(s) with whom you shadowed
- Phone number
- Email address
- Date of shadow
- Duration of shadow
If you need assistance scheduling a shadow, the Suffolk Medical Dosimetry Program can also arrange a shadow at one of our local hospital affiliates in Boston. Find out more and request a shadow.
Courses & Requirements
Your training will include taking courses such as:
- Introduction to Radiation Oncology
- Radiation Physics
- Treatment Planning
- Radiation Oncology & Pathology
- Quality Assurance
- Protocols & Operational Issues
- Radiation Biology
- Computing & Networking
- Research Methods
- Medical Dosimetry Seminar
Students with an undergraduate background in Radiation Therapy may be able to waive some or all leveling courses offered in the first semester. All students complete three semester-long clinical practica in addition to a full time summer internship.
For more information, please contact the Program Director.