With the increasing use of radiation and radioactive material in society, there is a growing need for research and advanced education in the application of Radiation in the Medical and Biotechnology communities.

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The Radiological Sciences option is one of several BMEBT (Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology) options that are designed to expand the scope of the M.S. degrees offered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) to encompass a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to biological sciences, physics, engineering, etc. The degree program is a multi-campus degree program with participation from Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell campuses. This option is intended to develop original research contributions to the discipline of radiological sciences with a focus on applications in the medical field.

The BMEBT with radiological sciences option degree allows one a deeper understanding of the uses of radiation in biomedical and health research. Whether it be how radiation effects cells to yield more effective cancer treatments, or novel attenuation strategies to better shield patients from radiation, this degree will set you apart for a career in the biotechnology or health sectors.

The master's program is designed such that professionals can earn their degree while still working.


Following successful completion of coursework with a minimum of 31 credits completed or transferred in that satisfy the core and elective specialization courses, the student will be awarded the Master of Science degree.

Sample courses can include:

For a complete list of courses and academic requirements, please visit the Academic Catalog.

Admission Requirements

For information about the application process and requirements, visit Graduate Admissions.

Why study Radiological Sciences at UMass Lowell?

Student working in reactor.

Scholarship Opportunities

We award roughly $30,000 per year in scholarships, directly for Radiological Sciences students.

Student using remote manipulators in the reactor hot cell

Advance your skills and earn income through paid experiential learning through our laboratories or external partners.

UMass Lowell's quantitative radio chemistry lab set up for analytical and separations chemistry

Advanced Radiation Research Assets

Various opportunities for research and professional development are possible through the use of our research assets.

  • 1 million watt nuclear reactor 
  • 5.5 million volt particle accelerator 
  • Nuclear forensics and radiochemistry facility 
  • Radiation imaging suite 
  • Neutron activation analysis lab 
Chemical/Nuclear Engineering student working in reactor.

Workforce Shortages

Over the last few decades the Radiological Sciences field has seen a drastic decline of the workforce while the use of radiation continues to increase.

This has resulted in many opportunities for our trained Health Physicists working in the radiation protection sectors across the globe.

Career Outcomes

Our graduates at all degree levels typically are offered a good-to-great paying job upon graduation or even before they graduate.

Student smiling in a research lab

Our BMEBT graduates are employed as radiation safety professionals in: 

  • Hospitals
  • Biotechnology companies
  • National laboratories
  • Radiopharmaceuticals production
  • Universities
  • Government agencies
  • Consulting firms

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Contact Us

For more information, please contact: 

Mark A. Tries
Associate Professor, Coordinator - Radiological Sciences