Academic Catalog 2024-2025

Radiologic & Imaging Sciences

College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing
School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Program Description

The graduate program in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences offers both a master’s degree and two post-baccalaureate certificates.

The Master of Science in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences (RIS) program provides professional advancement tracts in RIS administration and RIS education for individuals already in the profession. These two tracks are open only to applicants with certification in radiography, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, sonography, dosimetry, cardiovascular interventional technology, or PACS administration. Currently, the MS degree is approved for additional tracks in Ultrasound, MRI, CT, PET/CT, and Radiation Therapy, but these tracks are not accepting applications.

This executive-style program is one year in length and is offered fully online. Part-time enrollment is an option.

The Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences allows professionals interested in obtaining additional skill sets in RIS Administration or RIS Education but do not desire a graduate degree.


The master's degree and certificates enhance Radiologic and Imaging Sciences professionals' careers by equipping them to move into management or educational roles within the profession. Additionally, the MS degree expands the student's knowledge of the basic physical principles and instrumentation for all RIS disciplines as well as develops skills in utilizing science-based literature to modify clinical and educational practices. Certificates are concentrations focusing on specific RIS management skill sets or RIS education skill sets.

Academic Advisement

Interested students should contact Radiologic and Imaging Sciences at (310) 243-2550 or the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at (310) 243-2698 or visit for program specific details, application, and additional information.


Procedures and Admission Criteria

Students applying to the MS-RIS program must:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university in any discipline.
  2. Have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  3. Be certified/registered in one of the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences. Specifically, Radiography (RTR), Radiation Therapy (RTT), Nuclear Medicine (RTN or CNMT), Sonography (RDMS, RSCS, or RVT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (ARMRIT), Cardiovascular Interventional Technology (RCES, RCIS), Dosimetrist (CMD) or PACS Administrator (ABII, PARCA)

Advancement to Candidacy

Advancement to candidacy recognizes that the student has demonstrated the ability to sustain a level of scholarly competency commensurate with successful completion of degree requirements. Upon advancement to candidacy, the student is cleared for the final stages of the graduate program which, in addition to any remaining course work, will include the thesis or project.

The following are the requirements for Advancement to Candidacy:

  • A minimum of 15 resident units;
  • Classified standing;
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all courses taken as a graduate student;
  • No grade lower than a "B-" in the degree program.

Advancement to Candidacy must be certified on the appropriate form to the Graduate Dean by the department prior to the final semester, prior to enrolling in the thesis or project.