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.
The 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:
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.
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.
The student services website contains program-specific details on tuition and fees: https://studentservices.weill.cornell.edu/student-accounting/tuition-fees-program.
New scholarship opportunity: The Biomedical Imaging program is proud to announce the John Evans Professorship Endowed Tuition Assistance scholarship. This endowed tuition assistance scholarship was established to help support the professional development of two students enrolled in the master's program in Biomedical Imaging who have a financial need and to support diversity and inclusion in the field of Radiology/STEM as a path to reducing healthcare disparities. Find more information about this scholarship here: John Evans Professorship Scholarship
Please note that tuition and fees are set for the current academic year but are subject to change each year.
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:
The English language proficiency requirement may be waived if an applicant meets at least one of the following criteria:
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