NOTE: The Optics and Photonics MS program is not currently accepting applications for the International Track. For additional information, please contact 407-823-6986 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The International track in the Optics and Photonics MS program is intended for those students involved in an international exchange program with particular programs in other countries as approved by the university and the College of Optics and Photonics. The requirements for this track are the same as the general MS program.
|The Optics and Photonics MS program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. The program offers a thesis and nonthesis option. Students are allowed considerable freedom in planning their study programs, although some foundation Optics courses are strongly recommended as core courses and two research methods/laboratory courses are required.|
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Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
Additional notes on the
- A minimum of 24 credit hours of formal graduate courses
is required in the thesis option of which at least 12 credit hours must be
formal Optics (prefix OSE) courses. A minimum of 27 credit hours of formal
graduate courses is required in the nonthesis option of which at least 18 credit
hours must be formal Optics (prefix OSE) courses. The remaining credit hours can
be thesis or other elective and research courses as permitted in the
- In addition the following requirements must be satisfied:
- For this track, 18 credit hours must be taken at UCF and 12 credit hours
of course work must be taken at the partner university. These hours must be
taken from an approved list maintained by the college and made available on the
college web site. Courses other than those on the list must be approved by the
College of Optics and Photonics Curriculum Committee. If the thesis option is
selected, the thesis hours must be taken at UCF.
- At least 6 credit
hours of approved optics or related science and engineering research
methods/laboratory courses are required in both options. At least one must be in
Optics or an approved Optics substitute.
- Language requirements.
Students must demonstrate competency in the primary language of the partner
university or else must take at least 6 hours of appropriate undergraduate
language courses prior to traveling to the partner university.
Required Courses—15 Credit Hours
Core Courses—9 Credit Hours
The following foundation courses are strongly recommended for all students
unless they can demonstrate knowledge sufficient to waive the course in which
case they will take an additional elective.
- OSE 5115 Interference, Diffraction & Coherence (3 credit hours)
- OSE 6111 Optical Wave Propagation (3 credit hours)
- OSE 6525 Laser Engineering (3 credit hours)
Research Methods/Laboratory—6 Credit Hours
least 6 credit hours of approved Optics and related science/engineering research
methods/laboratory courses are required from the list below. At least one must
be in Optics (OSE). One required laboratory may be waived if the student can
demonstrate an equivalent hands-on proficiency in that laboratory
specialization. These research methods/laboratory courses count toward the
formal graduate course work requirement.
- OSE 6455C Photonics Laboratory (3 credit
- OSE 6526C Laser Engineering Laboratory (3 credit hours)
- OSE 6615L Optoelectronic Device Fabrication Laboratory (3 credit hours)
- Other graduate-related science and engineering methodology labs may be
taken with approval by the College of Optics and Photonics.
Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours
All students are required to
take a minimum of 9 credit hours of electives.
Any graduate course with an OSE prefix may be an elective
with the approval of the adviser. In addition, the following courses are also
accepted toward the Optics (OSE) course work requirement.
- EMA 5610
Laser Materials Processing (3 credit hours)
- PHY 5455 Modern X-Ray
Science (3 credit hours)
- PHZ 5505 Plasma Physics (3 credit hours)
- Other appropriate engineering and science courses may be taken with
approval by the College of Optics and Photonics.
A listing and
description of courses offered by the College of Optics and Photonics is found
in the "Courses" section of the Graduate Catalog Menu at the top of the
Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours
The thesis option requires at least 6 credit hours of thesis research.
- OSE 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)
Independent study and
directed research credit hours are not allowed toward the degree requirements.
The student must prepare an approved program of study and form a thesis
committee upon completion of nine credit hours. The MS thesis committee consists
of three members, with at least two regular graduate faculty members from the
College of Optics and Photonics. Students are required to write a thesis and
pass an oral exam based primarily on the topics of the thesis and course
Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours
The nonthesis option
requires an additional 6 credit hours of electives.
- Electives (6
Up to 3 credit hours of directed research (OSE
6918) or research report (OSE 6909) may be included with prior approval of the
College of Optics and Photonics although they are not counted toward the formal
course work requirement. Students must prepare an approved program of study upon
completion of nine credit hours. Students are required to pass a final oral
comprehensive examination based primarily on the subject matter of the courses
taken. The purpose of the exam is for the student to demonstrate his or her
basic knowledge of the fundamentals of optics and photonics.
nonthesis master’s requires a minimum of two methods/laboratory courses as
described above. These laboratory courses involve a substantial amount of
independent learning on the part of the student. For example, laboratory reports
must include sections on the theoretical and historical background behind the
phenomena explored in laboratory experiments, and students are expected to
obtain this background information on their own by researching the scientific
literature. One required Optics laboratory may be waived if the student can
demonstrate an equivalent hands-on proficiency in that laboratory
specialization. These methodology/laboratory courses count toward the formal
course work requirement.
Independent LearningAll students must take a minimum of two graduate methodology/laboratory courses in Optics or a closely related field that include experiments, research and laboratory reports. Nonthesis students also engage in directed research or research report. Thesis students enroll in 6 hours of thesis credits during the completion of their research study.
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.
Before completing general UCF graduate application requirements, all applicants for programs in the College of Optics and Photonics are recommended to complete the pre-application process. The pre-application is located at http://www.creol.ucf.edu/Academics/Prospective/PreApplication.aspx.
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.
- A bachelor’s degree in Optics, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or closely related fields.
- Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
- Goal Statement: Please choose the Personal Statement option. Your Personal statement should describe your career goals. Please include why you want to come to CREOL and how the MS will help you achieve your ulitmate career goals.
- Three letters of recommendation.
Students with degrees in related fields may be required to take undergraduate articulation courses determined by the program director on a case-by-case basis.
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.