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Master of Health Physics Specialization in Radiochemistry Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the prerequisites for admission to the Master of Health Physics program?
You should enter the program with two semesters each of calculus, calculus-based physics, and chemistry. We also recommend one semester each of differential equations, modern physics, and biology.

2. What are the requirements to earn the Master of Health Physics with Specialization in Radiochemistry degree?
To earn the Master of Health Physics degree with Specialization in Radiochemistry, you must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours from the list of approved courses while maintaining a minimum grade point average of 3.0/4.0 ("B" average). You are also required to pass a comprehensive exam. If you have a 3.5 GPA or higher in the core science courses the exam requirement will be waived. 

3. What mathematical skills are important in the program?
Algebra, including manipulation of multiple variables, calculus, including derivatives, integrals, simple differential equations, and Taylor expansions.

4. Can I take all of the courses online?
Twelve of the fourteen courses offered in the program can be taken online. The two laboratory courses, Instrumentation for Health Physics (PHYS 550) and Radiochemistry Laboratory (PHYS 581), require in-person attendance.

5. How long is the in-person laboratory course?
Each of the laboratory courses is one week long.

6. When are the laboratory courses offered?
The laboratory courses are offered in the summer. You will be eligible to take the first lab course, Instrumentation (PHYS 550), after taking at least two of the core health physics courses. The following summer, after having completed Instrumentation, you will take Radiochemistry Laboratory (PHYS 581).

7. Where are the laboratory courses taught?
Instrumentation for Health Physics (PHYS 550) is taught on Illinois Tech’s Main Campus in Chicago. Radiochemistry Laboratory (PHYS 581) is taught at the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) in Columbia, Missouri.

8. When can I start?
If the prerequisites have been met, you may begin your graduate studies in fall, spring, or summer semesters. 

9. How long will it take?
Part-time students earning the professional science master's degree can generally finish the program in 2.5 years.

10. How many courses should I take in a semester?
The part-time program is designed for students to take a maximum of two courses per semester. On occasion, students may take three courses a semester (when available) with prior approval from their advisor.

11. Where can I find additional information about IIT's policies and procedures?
▸  Information for current graduate students can be found on the Office of Graduate Academic Affairs website.
▸  Information for applicants can be found on the Office of Graduate Admission website.
▸  Inquiries about online course access can be found on the Office of Digital Learning website.
▸  For course descriptions, see the Graduate Bulletin.
▸  For a student ID card, contact Access, Card, and Parking Services at 312.567.8968