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Colleges That Offer Radiology Graduate Programs: How to Choose

Graduate degree programs in radiology instruct students in the theory and practice of radiologic imaging or radiological physics. Radiologic imaging technology includes X-ray machines, CT scanners and MRI machines, which are used to diagnose and treat patients with a variety of ailments.

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Graduate-level programs can prepare students for research careers in the field or clinical medical work as licensed radiologists. Interested students can choose between a wide range of schools that offer training in this field.

Top 10 Medical Schools with Radiology Programs

According to the 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranking, these are the top ten medical schools for primary care in the United States. Each school in the table offers a program in radiology.

College/University Location Institution Type Program Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
University of Washington Seattle, WA 4-year, public Residency $33,519 in-state, $63,954 out-of-state
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 4-year, public Master's $21,837 in-state, $48,716 out-of-state
University of California - San Francisco San Francisco, CA 4-year, public Residency $32,751 in-state, $44,996 out-of-state
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, public Residency $32,428 in-state, $50,854 out-of-state
University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 4-year, public Residency $28,482 in-state, $70,850 out-of-state
Oregon Health and Science University Portland, OR 4-year, public Residency $39,196 in-state, $55,740 out-of-state
University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 4-year, public Residency, Fellowship $31,731 in-state, $43,976 out-of-state
Duke University Durham, NC 4-year, private Residency $53,575
Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX 4-year, private Residency $19,650
University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN 4-year, public Residency, Fellowship $37,872 in-state, $51,510 out-of-state

Source: *U.S. News & World Report

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School Selection Criteria

Students may wish to consider the following when choosing a school at which to study radiology:

  • Students should decide whether they want to earn a medical degree or a research-based master's degree in radiology.
  • Students should find out whether the school offers a degree in their particular subfield of interest, such as radiation oncology, diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine or radiation biology.
  • Individuals already working as radiologic technologists may seek advancement by obtaining a master's degree in radiology assisting.
  • Students should make sure that schools have state-of-the-art technical equipment available, including MRI scanners, CT scanners, image-processing labs and PET scanners.

Master of Science in Radiological Physics

This program focuses on the medical applications of radiology, such as radiation oncology. Students usually spend a great deal of time in radiation labs. A thesis consisting of an approved project in the field of radiological physics is included.

Master of Science - Radiologist Assistant

The title of this degree varies, but the purpose of the program is to produce competent radiologist assistants. This program requires hundreds of hours spent in a clinical setting, allowing the student to gain knowledge from qualified professionals in the working environment of radiology.

Students who want to work in the field of radiology should look at the degree options and academic offerings of different schools as they consider where to enroll in graduate school.

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