Master's Program

Master of Science in Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Program

The Master of Science in Magnetic Resonance in Medicine program at Cedars-Sinai is a unique learning opportunity that focuses on magnetic resonance (MR) imaging applied to biomedical research and medicine in the setting of a world-class medical center. The program is intended for students who wish to master fundamentals of MR in medicine, including basic MR physics and hardware, MR technical development and research methods, and clinical applications of MR. Graduates of the program will be prepared to serve as MR scientists in clinical settings, research assistants/associates in imaging research centers, or research or application scientists in industry. The program may also provide a continuing education and training opportunity for imaging professionals.


During year one, students will attend the core curriculum and participate in lab rotations, clinical rotations and ABMP certification preparatory workshops. Core courses include:

  • Biomedical Signals and Imaging
  • Physics of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Physiological Imaging
  • Advanced MR Imaging
  • Experimental Design and Applied Biostatistics
  • Advanced Imaging Analysis
  • MR Technical Developments

During year two, students will engage in an on-site industrial internship and also work with graduate advisers to identify individualized thesis research projects that would satisfy degree requirements. Thesis projects involve basic research or independent contribution within ongoing clinical projects.


The program faculty is composed of leading experts, including a past president of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, many National Institutes of Health research grant awardees, and internationally renowned scientists and physicians. Most faculty members have joint appointments with clinical departments at Cedars-Sinai, which contributes to the broad clinical exposure that is a hallmark of the program.




The program is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.

Program Requirements

Prospective students must have graduated with an undergraduate degree in engineering or physics, or be a licensed imaging technologist. College-level physics, math, biology, chemistry and English are required to be considered for admission.


Tuition and fees for the 2018-19 academic year will be $32,500, which includes textbooks and supplies. Merit and need-based scholarships are available.


Applications for the 2018-19 academic year will be available starting in September 2017. The deadline to submit the application and all admissions requirements is Dec. 1, 2017, and early submission is recommended.

The program is approved for F-1 student visas, and international students are encouraged to apply.

Please see the graduate programs application information page for detailed instructions. Applicants will be required to submit the following:


For more information please see the graduate programs website or contact:

Wafa Tawackoli, PhD
Associate Director, Master of Science in Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Program
Phone: 424-315-2807