Nanotechnology Professional Science Master's

College : Graduate Studies Degree :MS
Department : NanoScience Technology Center Option : Nonthesis
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This program will not be accepting applications or enrolling new students effective Spring 2018.

The Professional Science Master's in Nanotechnology program provides students with scientific education in nanotechnology and professional training in business and technology entrepreneurship. The program prepares students with necessary skills for seeking employment in industry and academia involved in nanotechnology research, product development and commercialization.


The Nanotechnology PSM program requires 30 credit hours at the graduate level, including 12 credit hours in Nanotechnology, 3 credit hours of an elective course in physics, engineering, chemistry or biology, 9 credit hours of professional development in a business certificate program (Graduate Certificate in Technology Ventures), 3 credit hours of research training, and 3 credit hours of internship training.

From the coursework in Nanotechnology and the other related science/engineering areas, students will gain basic knowledge as well as the most advanced developments and applications of nanoscale materials and devices. Through internship training, students will gain hands-on research and business experience in applying nanotechnology for new product development and commercialization. The Graduate Certificate in Technology Ventures focuses on the successful development of knowledge and skills needed to commercialize science and technology research. This comprehensive training program will prepare the students with the knowledge, management skills and mindset to pursue technology entrepreneurship or to work in industry that is poised to develop and commercialize new nanotechnology products. 

Total Credit Hours Required:
30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—27 Credit Hours

Core Courses—12 Credit Hours

  • IDS 6250 Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6254 Nanofabrication and Characterization (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6253 Bioanalytical Technology (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6252 Biomedical Nanotechnology (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6255 Nanotechnology in Energy and Sustainability (3 credit hours)

Professional Training Courses / Graduate Certificate in Technology Ventures—9 Credit Hours

  • GEB 5516 Technological Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours)
  • GEB 6116 Business Plan Formation (3 credit hours)
  • GEB 6518 Strategic Innovation (3 credit hours)

Directed Research—3 Credit Hours

Students will conduct an independent research project under the supervision of an NSTC faculty. Students will gain hands-on research experiences on anaomaterial synthesis, nanostructure fabrication and characterization, and application development in their areas of interest.

  • IDS 6918 Directed Research (3 credit hours)

Internship—3 Credit Hours

Students will spend one summer or one semester working in industry to conduct research and business activities related to nanotechnology and product development.

  • IDS 6946 Internship (3 credit hours)

Additionally, all students pursuing the Professional Science Master's must enroll in the following course: 

  • IDS 5949 Co-op Ed/ Work Experience (0 credit hours) 

Students must register for IDS 6946 and IDS 5949 simultaneously. Students must complete the course with a satisfactory (S) grade. If the student does not complete the course with a satisfactory grade, the student will be asked to repeat the course to meet program requirements.

Elective Course—3 Credit Hours

  • EMA 5586 Photovoltaic Solar Energy Materials (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 5704 Nanoelectronic Devices (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 5312 Light Matter Interaction (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 6938 Photonic Polymer Materials (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 5127 Foundation of Bio-imaging Science (3 credit hours)
  • MCB 5225 Molecular Biology of Diseases (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 5238 Immunobiology (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 5236 Cancer Biology (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6251 Computation, Simulation and Modeling in Nanotechnology (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6256 Principles of Nanostructure Quantum Well, Wires, and Dots (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6257 Fundamentals of Nano Biophysics (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6258 Advanced Materials for Rechargeable Batteries (3 credit hours)

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Applicants should have obtained an undergraduate degree in one of the following areas: physics, chemistry, biology, or engineering.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • Goal Statement
    • The goal statement should discuss all relevant professional background and any previous research and/or teaching experience. The statement should explain the motivation behind the pursuit of a Professional Science Master’s degree in Nanotechnology. Future career goals after the completion of the applicant’s master study should be discussed.
    • The goal statement should between 500 and 1,000 words.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Admission will be based on the assessment of the applicant’s GPA from previous college/university, past work experience, recommendation letters and the statement of interest and objectives. Additionally, the committee will evaluate other academic indicators such as having completed a senior thesis, authorship on publications, internship, involvement in scientific research projects, and/or presentations at major scientific meetings and non-academic indicators such as evidence of leadership, extracurricular activities, work or military experience, and/or volunteer activities. For applicants that already have had working experiences in STEM fields, emphasis will be placed on their past experiences and recommendation letters.


Applicants who are applying for readmission need not resubmit transcripts if the transcripts are previously on file with UCF. However, the following application requirements do need to be current for the new readmission application:

  • Résumé/Curriculum Vitae
  • Goal Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation  

Application Deadlines

Nanotechnology Professional Science Master's *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants


Jul 15Dec 1


International Applicants


Jan 15Jul 1


International Transfer Applicants


Mar 1Sep 1


*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.