Top Colleges with Oncology Programs: List of Schools

Find out which top colleges offer programs in oncology, a medical specialty that focuses on the study and treatment of cancer. Read about the degree options at three leading medical schools, and find a table that lists other universities in the U.S. that provide training for oncologists.

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Oncology programs can usually be found at university medical schools and lead to a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Once enrolled, aspiring oncologists study cancer biology, genetics and radiation physics. The three university medical schools featured below have received past high rankings from Forbes and U.S. News & World Report. Program features include opportunities for research and residencies.

Top U.S. Schools with Oncology Programs

1. Stanford University in California

Stanford University is a private institution that ranked fifth on the Forbes list of America's Top Colleges in 2011. The Stanford School of Medicine's Division of Oncology and Department of Radiation Oncology provide education and training opportunities for medical students and current physicians. Students can pursue a joint M.D./Ph.D. in Cancer Biology or enroll in a research fellowship or residency program. These can include a 3-year clinical research fellowship in oncology or a 4-year residency program in radiation oncology.

2. Duke University in Durham, NC

Duke University is a private research school that ranked fifth on the U.S. News & World Report list of best medical schools for research in 2012. The Duke University School of Medicine offers a 4-year residency program to students with an M.D. who have completed a 1-year postgraduate internship in medicine. The purpose of the program is to train physicians to become skilled and compassionate radiation oncologists. Students engage in a high level of research throughout the program, which can help them prepare for positions in clinical and academic settings.

3. Washington University in St. Louis, MO

Washington University (WU) ranked fourth on the U.S. News & World Report list of best U.S. medical schools for research for 2012. WU's residency program is open to medical doctors who have completed a 1-year internship in medicine. The program is offered through the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Siteman Cancer Center. Residents research cancer biology, radiation, physics and cancer pathology.

List of Ten Good Oncology Schools

School NameDistinctionLocation
Duke University Four faculty members have won the Robinson Award for lifetime research achievement in hyperthermia Durham, NC
Johns Hopkins University Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center offers fellowships in hematology and medical oncology, pediatric hematology and oncology or neurooncology Baltimore, MD
Ohio State University Ranked 17th among nation's top public schools by U.S. News & World Report in 2011Columbus, OH
Stanford University Ranked sixth-best medical school for research in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2011Stanford, CA
Thomas Jefferson University Has awarded more than 26,000 medical degrees Philadelphia, PA
University of Chicago University of Chicago Medical Center ranked 14th on U.S. News & World Report's 2011-12 list of best hospitals in the nation with adult cancer programs Chicago, IL
University of Maryland One of 64 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers in the U.S. Baltimore, MD
University of Pennsylvania Offers oncology programs in human and veterinary medicine Philadelphia, PA
University of Wisconsin Has an 80-bed children's hospital Madison, WI
Washington University in St. Louis One of 41 cancer centers in the U.S. to hold the Comprehensive Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute St. Louis, MO
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    Areas of study you may find at Stanford University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
      • Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences
      • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
      • General Biology
      • Genetics
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        • Cell Physiology
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      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
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