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. View article »

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  • 0:48 Stanford University
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Many top-rated medical schools in the country have degrees in oncology. Review some of the top-ranked schools in the country with these kinds of programs to decide which is right for you. 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.

Here are some of the top-ranked internal medicine colleges, which can include the study of oncology in the United States, collected by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.

Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA

School Highlight: There are many centers of study and research on campus, including the Lorry Lokey Stem Cell Research Building, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, and Stanford Hospital.

Stanford University is tied as the 10th-best medical school for internal medicine, according to 2016's rankings by U.S. News & World Report. 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.

Duke University in Durham, NC

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

According to U.S. News & World Report, Duke had the 5th-best internal medicine program during 2016. 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, molecular cancer biology, molecular genetics and microbiology, and structural biology and biophysics.

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Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD

School Highlight: The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center offers fellowships in hematology and medical oncology, pediatric hematology and oncology, or neuro oncology.

Johns Hopkins is regularly rated as one of the best schools in the country, earning the 2nd place spot for internal medicine graduate schools in 2016, according to U.S. News & World Report. It provides many degrees related to oncology, including master's and Ph.D. programs in bioengineering, biochemistry, and cellular and molecular biology. There are also options to take these as joint degrees, earning both at the same time. There are also specific oncology fellowships and residency programs after graduation.

Top Oncology Schools

In addition to the schools already covered, there are even more exceptional schools with oncology programs, including:

School Name Location Distinction
University of Maryland Baltimore, MD One of 64 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers in the U.S.
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO One of 41 cancer centers in the U.S. to hold the Comprehensive Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute

There are several exceptional schools offering education in oncology, many of which have on-campus resource centers or hospitals to allow students hands-on experience during their learning. Among these schools, Stanford, Duke, and Johns Hopkins are among the best.

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