UCF Colleges

College of Optics and Photonics

Web Address:http://www.creol.ucf.edu/

UCF's College of Optics and Photonics (COP) is one of the world's leading graduate institutions in optics and photonics education and research. The college offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary graduate program covering all aspects of optics, photonics, and lasers leading to master's and doctoral degrees in Optics. The Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL) is integrated into the school as its research arm. The college has thirty full faculty members and fourteen faculty with joint appointments, and more than one hundred graduate students.

The COP faculty collaborate closely with other UCF research units, including the Center for Nanoscience and Technology, the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, the Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC), the Institute for Simulation and Training (IST), and the Florida Solar Energy Center. Several COP faculty hold joint appointments in these and other UCF departments, which facilitates access to the outstanding facilities in these units and encourages interdisciplinary research.


The College of Optics and Photonics offers master's (MS) and doctoral (PhD) degree programs in optics for qualified applicants holding undergraduate degrees in optics, engineering, physics, or closely related fields. The college also offers a BS in Photonic Science and Engineering, in collaboration with College of Engineering and Computer Science.

The college offers more than forty graduate courses in optics, with courses ranging from optical science to optical engineering. Thesis and dissertation research span the spectrum from basic science to prototype development. Research activities cover all aspects of optics, photonics, and lasers, and the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL), the Florida Photonics Center of Excellence (FPCE), and the Townes Laser Institute (TLI) are integral parts of the College of Optics and Photonics. Current research areas include: linear and nonlinear guided-wave optics and devices, high speed photonic telecommunications, fiber optic fabrication, fiber optic communications, solid state laser development, nonlinear optics, laser-induced damage, quantum-well optoelectronics, quantum optics, photonic information processing, infrared systems, optical diagnostics, optical system design, image analysis, virtual reality, medical imaging, diffractive optics, optical crystal growth and characterization, high intensity lasers, x-ray optics, EUV sources, optical glasses, laser materials processing, free-electron lasers, and light matter interaction. These research programs are supported by research grants and contracts from numerous federal and state agencies and industry.

Fellowships and Research Assistantships

College of Optics and Photonics/CREOL Fellowships, Northrop Grumman Fellowships, and graduate research assistantships, as well as other university awards, are available to qualified students. Typical stipends range from $22,000 to $28,000 per calendar year. Full tuition (both resident and nonresident portions), estimated at $28,602per year, is provided for students receiving graduate fellowships and research assistantships. Applications received after January 15, may not be considered.

College Administration

  • Bahaa Saleh, Dean
  • David J. Hagan, Associate Dean for Academic Programs

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