Top Colleges with Oncology Programs: List of Schools

Find out which top colleges offer programs in oncology, a medical specialty that focuses on the study and treatment of cancer. Read about the degree options at three leading medical schools, and find a table that lists other universities in the U.S. that provide training for oncologists.

School Information

Oncology programs can usually be found at university medical schools and lead to a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Once enrolled, aspiring oncologists study cancer biology, genetics and radiation physics. Program features include opportunities for research and residencies.

1. Stanford University in Stanford, CA

School Highlight: The university offers plenty of centers of study and research, including the Lorry Lokey Stem Cell Research Building, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford Hospital.

The Stanford School of Medicine's Division of Oncology and Department of Radiation Oncology provide education and training opportunities for medical students and current physicians. Students can pursue a joint M.D./Ph.D. in Cancer Biology or enroll in a research fellowship or residency program. These can include a 3-year clinical research fellowship in oncology or a 4-year residency program in radiation oncology.

2. Duke University in Durham, NC

School Highlight: This university offers 11 different medical degree programs and 17 Ph.D. programs.

The Duke University School of Medicine offers an extensive amount of medical degree programs, like the Pathologists' Assistant Program, Master of Management in Clinical Informatics, Master of Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Research Training Program, Medical Scientist Training Program and the Doctor of Medicine Program. Ph.D. programs are also available in Cell and Molecular Biology, Cell Biology Program, Molecular Cancer Biology, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, and Structural Biology & Biophysics.

Top Oncology Schools

School NameDistinctionLocation
Johns Hopkins University Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center offers fellowships in hematology and medical oncology, pediatric hematology and oncology or neurooncology Baltimore, MD
University of Maryland One of 64 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers in the U.S. Baltimore, MD
Washington University in St. Louis One of 41 cancer centers in the U.S. to hold the Comprehensive Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute St. Louis, MO

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