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Radiological Sciences

Recognized nationally for producing graduates who make exceptional contributions to the radiological sciences community.

The Professional Science Master's Program (PSM) is a non-thesis graduate program that focuses on real world results. Programs are tailored to students pursuing careers in industry, government and non-profit organizations.

The Radiological Sciences Program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics (Radiological Health Physics option), a Master of Science degree in Radiological Sciences and Protection, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physics (Radiological Sciences option) which are intended to address the various educational and career interests of our graduate applicants. There are three options to the MS degree as described in the academic catalog:

  1. the Project option,
  2. the Thesis option, and
  3. the Professional Science Master option


Chemical/Nuclear Engineering student working in reactor.

Our program is recognized nationally for producing graduates who make exceptional contributions to the radiological sciences community. Our graduates have established rewarding careers in the field of radiation protection, and can be found at national laboratories, nuclear power plants, universities, hospitals, government agencies, radioisotope production facilities, manufacturers of radiation detection equipment, radioactive waste disposal facilities, the military and other uniformed services, and other prestigious institutions and corporations across the country.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell offers a Graduate Certificate in Radiological Health Physics.

Please take a few minutes to learn more about our program, and we look forward to helping establish your future career in the field of radiation protection.

Program History

Image of the reactor pool. The Radiological Sciences Program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics (Radiological Health Physics option), a Master of Science degree in Radiological Sciences and Protection, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physics (Radiological Sciences option).

The Radiological Health Physics Department was established in 1969 offering a Bachelor of Science Degree in Radiological Health Physics and a Master of Science Degree in Radiological Sciences and Protection. The first BS and MS degrees were awarded in 1973. This department was merged with the Department of Physics and Applied Physics in 1976. A Radiological Sciences option to the PhD degree in Physics was established in 1982 with the first degrees awarded in 1985. The BS degree in Radiological Health Physics became an option to the BS degree in Physics in 1994. A Radiological Sciences option to the PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology was established in 2002 with the first degree awarded in 2006. In 2010 the BS degree in Physics, Radiological Health Physics option, and the MS degree in Radiological Sciences and Protection each received accreditation by ABET under the Applied Science Accreditation Commission.