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Master of Science in Radiologic & Imaging Sciences (RIS)

Location: Online
Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer

As the field of radiologic and imaging sciences continues to grow and expand, the need for graduate-level technologists is imperative. With the Master of Science in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences, you can advance your education and career specially focused on your profession. This online, 30-credit program is designed with two 9-credit tracks—one for Teaching and Learning Leadership and one for Administrative Leadership—to allow you to concentrate on your specific career aspiration. Thanks to an extremely flexible curriculum, you may take courses in any order to best fit your needs. When you graduate with this master’s degree, you will be qualified to pursue next-level roles in research, leadership, or education within the field of radiologic and imaging sciences.

Advantages of the Program

Rare offering: The MCPHS Master of Science in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences is the only master's program of its kind in the entire northeast.

Career Advancement: Having a master's degree offers you more jobs within the field, whether in research, corporate, education, and clinical or non-clinical leadership (e.g., potential as a lead technologist or director of the department).

Flexible Curriculum: There are no prerequisites in this online program. Students can enroll in any course in any order they choose and customize the schedule that works best for them.

For admission to the program, an applicant must have:

  • Graduated with a bachelor's degree from one of the medical imaging or therapeutics programs (DMS, MRI, NMT, RAD, or RTT).
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in the medical imaging or therapeutics program courses.
  • Successfully completed one of the national certification/registry examinations in a medical imaging or therapeutics modality (ARRT, NMTCB, RDMS, CAMRT).
  • A license to practice in a radiological or imaging science field or eligibility for licensure in at least one jurisdiction in the United States or Canada.
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 79 or a score of 6.5 on the IELTS (required of all candidates for whom English is not the native language.)




Radiologic & Imaging Sciences Core: (15 credits)

RIS 705

Diversity and Cultural Competencies


RIS 701

Leadership and Communication in Radiologic Sciences


RIS 720

Imaging Preclinical and Clinical Research


RIS 710

Professional Practice Trends in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences


RIS 800

Radiologic and Imaging Practicum


Radiologic & Imaging Sciences Research: (6 credits)

RIS 730

Imaging Applied Research Methodology I


RIS 731

Imaging Applied Research Methodology II


Teaching & Learning Leadership Concentration (9 credits)

RIS 750

Teaching & Learning in Radiologic & Imaging Sciences


RIS 755

Curriculum & Assessment in Radiologic & Imaging Sciences


RIS 760

Student Success in Radiologic & Imaging Sciences


Administrative Leadership Concentration (9 credits)

HCM 701

Introduction to Business Management


HCM 740

Managing Teams, Performance, and Human Capital


HCM 742

Finance and Accounting for Healthcare Organizations


Core Courses: 15 credits
Research Courses: 6 credits
Concentration Courses: 9 credits

Total: 30 credits

The Master of Science in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences program is the School of Medical Imaging and Therapeutics's direct response to the medical imaging and therapeutic needs of the healthcare community. The aim of this innovative program is to integrate scientific and technical knowledge within the liberal arts and social sciences to produce graduates with the skills necessary to meet the challenges of the future.

Upon program completion, graduates will:

  • Demonstrate creditable, expert knowledge in the field of radiologic and imaging sciences, defining themselves as leaders within the profession.
  • Apply a foundation of intellectual reasoning to continuously evaluate and improve the profession.
  • Lead through effective collaboration and communication in interprofessional and intraprofessional clinical and educational settings.
  • Exhibit essential understanding, skills, and techniques to conduct research within radiologic and imaging sciences.
  • Identify trends and regulatory issues that impact the field and technologists