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Biomedical Imaging


The Master of Science in Biomedical Imaging Program is designed to provide STEM bachelor’s degree recipients with a comprehensive introduction to the physics, mathematics, radiochemistry, and engineering principles and methods that underly each of the major imaging modalities currently in use in clinical radiology and pathology.  The Program is highly interdisciplinary and includes faculty members with expertise in physics, radiology, engineering, mathematics, radiochemistry, and pathology.  Nearly all courses will be developed by faculty specifically for the Program.

The Master’s thesis portion of the program enables students to directly apply knowledge gained in the courses, either in one of the imaging research laboratories at Weill Cornell Medicine or Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, or with a faculty member devoted to clinical service and innovation.  Graduates of the Program will be well positioned to secure jobs in academia, industry, and government, or further education in PhD or MD programs.

There has recently been tremendous growth in biomedical imaging research and clinical applications worldwide, and many faculty members participating in the Program are world leaders in the development of imaging biomarkers and their application to an extremely broad range of human diseases.  Weill Cornell Medicine and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center are located on adjacent campuses, and together manage one of the most comprehensive inventories of imaging hardware and software in the world.  These scanners will provide a hands-on training environment to students.

A unique feature of the Program is the two-track structure.  While all students will enroll in the same courses, the Laboratory Track offers a traditional imaging research thesis project, while the Clinical Track offers a thesis project designed around innovations in the practice of Radiology.


Curriculum / Courses

The PDF icon Program curriculum consists of individual courses in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), X-ray computed tomography (CT), ultrasound, and optical imaging.  In addition, there are courses in machine learning, anatomy, health literacy for imaging scientists, a special topics seminar series, and career development in Biomedical Imaging.  Advanced topics include image-guided therapeutic methods currently at the cutting edge of research and clinical use, such as magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), radiolabeled viral vectors for gene therapy, and magnetic resonance-guided radiation therapy (MR-LINAC).

Program features include:

  • 24 months duration, full-time study
  • cohesive interdisciplinary educational program
  • individual mentored research project
  • career development training


Imaging Resources

Both Weill Cornell Medical College and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center operate large, well-funded imaging research Core facilities that will be available to all students enrolled in the Program.  At Weill Cornell, the Citigroup Biomedical Imaging Center and Microscopy and Image Analysis Core facilities support over 100 research groups and include MRI, PET, SPECT, CT, ultrasound and optical imaging for studies of human subjects, animal models of disease, and specimens.  At Memorial Sloan-Kettering, the Animal Imaging Core provides investigators with unique capabilities for the noninvasive detection, localization, and characterization of primary and metastatic cancer cells in vivo in small animal models.  This Core also contains MRI, PET, SPECT, CT, ultrasound and optical imaging scanners and offers image analysis services.


Program Requirements

The Program is designed for applicants holding a bachelor’s degree in physics, chemistry, mathematics or engineering.  Applicants must have completed undergraduate-level coursework in multivariable calculus including Fourier analysis techniques, ordinary and partial differential equations, linear algebra, probability theory or statistics, and computer programming.


Tuition, Fees, and Scholarships

The student services website contains program-specific details on tuition and fees:

Please note that tuition and fees are set for the current academic year but are subject to change each year.

A small number of partial scholarships are available. Applicants applying by the priority deadline are automatically considered for these merit-based scholarships.



We seek applications from students with diverse undergraduate degrees and encourage applications from students who are from underrepresented groups, have disabilities, or are from disadvantaged backgrounds.  All application forms and supporting documents are submitted online. You will be asked to submit or upload the following:

  • Online Application 
  • Personal Statement describing your background and specific interest in the MS-CI program.
  • Résumé/C.V.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Letters must be submitted electronically as instructed through the online application.
  • College transcripts

1.     College transcripts should be submitted for all previous colleges attended — both undergraduate and graduate.

2.     Official transcripts will be required upon acceptance; however students may submit unofficial transcripts with their initial application.

  • $80 application fee
  • Results of the General Graduate Record (GRE) examination are optional. The Institution Code Number is 4132.
  • TOEFL scores for students who have not received a degree from an English language institution. The Institution Code Number is #B765

We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2022 semester.


Program Address

Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences

1300 York Ave. Box 65
New York, NY 10065
Phone: (212) 746-6565
Fax: (212) 746-5981

Weill Cornell Medicine Graduate School of Medical Sciences 1300 York Ave. Box 65 New York, NY 10065 Phone: (212) 746-6565 Fax: (212) 746-5981