MS in Bioimaging

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The Master of Science in Bioimaging is a multidisciplinary program developed by the Departments of Radiology and Anatomy & Neurobiology. The program is designed to train individuals to fill a rapidly growing need for skilled experts who are knowledgeable about imaging technologies. In this program, you will benefit from hands-on experience with imaging modalities such as CT, PET, and MRI, which will ultimately pave the way for a position in health care, industry, academia, or centers of research.

To satisfy the demand for the field’s broad exposure to imaging modalities, we provide students with a choice between two tracks to obtaining their degree. These are each 36-credit, one-year, full-time degree options: the Academic Clinical Track or the Academic Research Track. Alternatively, students may elect the combined Clinical & Research Track, which requires 48 credits and two years of full-time work to complete. Part-time students are welcome in both tracks.

Both of these tracks provides a broad background in basic and advanced sub-disciplines of imaging and anatomy, embodying the latest advances in imaging technologies and medical sciences. The two one-year tracks differ in their preparation for entering the field. The Academic Clinical Track provides students with the didactic education and ethics requirements necessary to sit for the ARRT advanced certification exam to become a registered MRI technologist. Alternatively, the Academic Research Track provides a research-based focus on working with the various imaging modalities and culminates in a thesis project that enables students to enter the broad fields of academia and industry.

As a third option, one may combine the two tracks. This option provides clinical and research experience under the supervision of the Departments of Radiology and Anatomy & Neurobiology at the Boston University Medical Campus. This track provides the theoretical knowledge base of biomedical imaging and hands-on research experience, and it provides students with the required credentials to sit for AART certification exam to become an MRI technologist.

Program Structure

The required core and elective courses of the program are conducted at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center.

The degree is awarded by the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine.

Faculty includes prominent members of the departments of Radiology and Anatomy & Neurobiology, as well as outside experts from industry and private imaging centers.


Applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. Most of our applicants have typically majored in biology, physics, computer sciences, or social-behavioral science, although applicants with majors in other disciplines will be considered. We expect a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. Also, applicants must submit the results from either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). International students whose native language is not English must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

We offer rolling admissions but prefer to have students begin in the fall in order to take the coursework in the proper order. We recommend that prospective applicants submit completed applications before August 1 for fall (September) admission and before November 15 for spring (January) admission.

A complete application consists of the completed school and department copies of the application, a personal statement, three letters of reference, and official transcripts from every college or university attended. Test scores should be sent directly to the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences from the testing center. Our GRE/TOEFL number is 3251. Please go to our website to begin the application process online.