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MSRS Program Information

Midwestern State University (MSU) offers the first discipline-specific Master of Science Radiologic Science (MSRS) degree of its kind in the United States.  The MSRS program features a holistic approach to graduate education with options for specialization, providing a natural transition for working technologists interested in advancing to higher levels of administration, education, or advanced clinical practice.

Program Mission

The mission of the MSRS program is to prepare students to be leaders in the areas of education, administration, or advanced clinical practice in the radiological sciences.

Program Description & Objectives

This program provides opportunities for radiologic administrators, radiologic educators, and Radiologist Assistants regardless of their location.  The unique curriculum design permits working professionals to complete the degree with minimal on-campus requirements while preserving the benefits of face-to-face contact with fellow graduate students.  Courses offered during fall and spring semesters, generally require only two visits to MSU.  Summer courses include assignments to be completed before and after a single visit to campus.  Most of the course requirements are completed independently and coordinated electronically.  A limited number of masters level courses are available online.

Students benefit from the diverse experiences of their colleagues.  Approximately sixty
students are enrolled in the program from all over the United States and several foreign
countries.   All Radiologic Science disciplines and modalities are represented in the student
population including radiography, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, and sonography. 

The highly qualified and enthusiastic program faculty have advanced degrees, many combined years of practical experience in the field and are very active leaders in Radiologic Sciences. 

The MSRS degree program includes graduate level radiologic science core courses, track courses, and elective courses.  All students must successfully complete the core courses.  Track courses offer advanced educational experiences in administrative or educational areas.  MSU offers elective courses reflective of current issues and trends in radiologic science.  With approval from the MSU MSRS Graduate Coordinator, students may transfer up to six credit hours of graduate course work completed at other institutions. 

Click here to see the course plans for thesis / non-thesis tracks in all three MSRS Majors.

Students have up to six years from enrollment in the first radiologic science graduate course to complete the degree requirements. 

The program features an independent study design with a holistic approach to the major areas of study.  Graduate Advisory Committees assist MSRS students proceed through the curriculum.

In addition to enrollment in standard graduate courses, students benefit from evidence-based experiences focused on their areas of interest and develop research competencies through preparation of a thesis or file paper. 

Students need reliable access to computer technology including Internet and email services,
as well as standard word processing programs.  Students can refer to MSU Distance
Education guidelines for generic technology advice or contact program faculty for technology
recommendations specific to a particular course.  
The MSU Radiologic Sciences Department has three distinct educational programs that all support the overall mission and goals of the department in fundamental ways. The mission and goals can be summarized into three overall student learning outcomes. The first student learning outcome is related to adequate preparation to enter the profession, the second learning outcome is related to developing a commitment to continue education, and the third learning outcome is related to inspiring professionalism.


The learning outcomes of the MSRS Program are:

  • MSRS students will be adequately prepared to function as leaders in the profession.
  • MSRS students will pursue education in addition to the MSRS Program.
  • MSRS students will develop professionalism through advanced scholarly productivity.