Creighton University

2500 California Plaza, Omaha, Nebraska 68178, United States of America


The Creighton University Department of Physics offers three major programs, two minor programs, an M.S. degree in physics, and an M.S. degree in medical physics.

Undergraduate Degrees

B.S. PHY - major in physics : This degree program provides a strong foundation for careers in the rapidly developing high-technology industries. It is highly recommended as preparation for graduate work in physics. It also prepares students for graduate study in most engineering fields without requiring the early specialization, typical of undegraduate engineering programs, that can greatly reduce career options.

B.S. - major in physics : This degree program provides the necessary preparation for entry-level work as a physicist in government or industry. It also prepares students for entry-level work or graduate study in a wide variety of interdisciplinary science and engineering fields including astronomy and astrophysics, computational physics, geophysics, planetary science, electrical engineering, nuclear engineering, etc.

B.S. - major in biomedical physics: The biomedical physics major offers three areas of specialization: Pre-Biomedical Engineering, Pre-Medical Physics, and Pre-Biophysics. Each area of specialization is designed for students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in those fields or closely related ones.

B.S. - major in physics and engineering: In collaboration with Washington University in St. Louis, we offer a B.S. in Physics and B.S. in Engineering 3-2 program. During your first three years at Creighton you establish the foundation for a lifetime of learning and problem solving. Follow this up with two years of engineering at Washington University and you earn two degrees and a broad set of skills.

B.S. - major in applied physical analysis : The Bachelor of Science program in Applied Physical Analysis is an interdisciplinary course of study designed to prepare students for a career involving the quantitative analysis of data. Generally students in this major go on to graduate work in engineering or medicine. The program includes courses in physics, mathematics and computer science.

Minor in physics
Minor in biological physics

Graduate Degrees

M.S. in physics : we offer degree tracks for students wishing to learn physics in more depth than typical of an undergraduate degree. Students who graduate with our M.S. degree may go into graduate school in physics, graduate school in engineering or directly into industry.

M.S. in medical physics : The M.S. in Medical Physics program offers CAMPEP accredited training for individuals interested in pursuing a career in medical physics. As you gain a solid foundation in advanced physics, you’ll learn how to apply that science to serve the needs of patients and providers in a health care setting.

Program Requirements

Plan A (thesis option) requires 30 credit hours of graduate-level courses, including six credit hours of Thesis Research. Plan B (non-thesis option) requires 33 credit hours of graduate-level courses, including three credit hours of Directed Independent Research for which a report is required. A minimum of 15 credit hours must be in physics in either Plan. In both Plans, all students are required to take the core graduate courses in classical mechanics, electromagnetics, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics. Full-time students must enroll in Graduate Seminar each semester.

M.S., Major in Medical Physics: CAMPEP Accredited program. Requires 43 credits of graduate-level courses including core physics and medical and health physics courses, research, and clinical experience.

A minimum grade average of 3.0 (B) is required, with no more than two grades of C. A three-part comprehensive exam offered three times each year on (1) Mechanics and Heat, (2) Electricity, Magnetism and optics, (3) Modern Physics is required to be passed. Each part can be taken separately. At least one part must be passed in the first year of study. Ordinarily a student must devote two semesters and a summer session to resident graduate study.

Other degrees:
Theses may be written in absentia.
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

Creighton University's graduate program in Physics is designed to combine a solid foundation in physics with adaptability to a wide range of student interests and career objectives. The Physics Department maintains close association with the Departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology, and the Health Sciences, providing excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary study and research. The Department also participates with other colleges and universities in combined research efforts, including collaborative experiments at regional, national, and international facilities. Close interaction between students and faculty facilitates responsiveness to the needs of each student.