The Optics Track in the Master of Science in Optics and Photonics program is intended for students with a bachelor's degree in optics, electrical engineering, physics, or closely related fields. The program is interdisciplinary and combines optical science and engineering.
|The Optics Track in the Optics and Photonics MS program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. The program offers thesis and nonthesis options. Students are allowed some freedom in planning their study programs, although some foundation Optics courses are strongly recommended as core courses and one research methods/laboratory course is required.|
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Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
Additional notes on the curriculum:
- 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 option.
- At least 3 credit hours of an approved optics methods/laboratory course is required in both options.
- An OSE 6909 Research Report of 3 credit hours is required in the nonthesis option.
- Up to 9 credit hours of appropriate graduate coureses from accredited universities may be transferred with approval from the College of Optics and Photonics. Only courses with grades of "B" or better can be transferred.
Required Courses—18 Credit Hours
Core—15 Credit Hours
The following foundation courses are required.
- OSE 5203 Geometrical Optics (3 credit hours)
- OSE 6111 Optical Wave Propagation (3 credit hours)
- OSE 6525 Laser Engineering (3 credit hours)
- OSE 6211 Imaging and Optical Systems (3 credit hours)
- OSE 6265 Optical Systems Design (3 credit hours)
Research Methods/Laboratory—3 Credit Hours
At least 3 credit hours of approved Optics and related science/engineering research methods/laboratory courses is required from the list below. These research methods/laboratory courses count toward the formal graduate course work requirement.
- OSE 6234C Applied Optics Laboratory (3 credit hours)
- OSE 6526C Laser Engineering 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—6 Credit Hours
All students are required to take a minimum of 3 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 meeting the Optics (OSE) coursework requirement.
- EMA 5610 Laser Materials Processing (3 credit hours)
- PHY 5455 Modem 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 page.
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 plan of study and form a thesis committee upon completion of 9 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 work.
Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours
The nonthesis option requires an additional 6 credit hours of courses or electives.
- OSE 6909 Research Report (3 credit hours)
- Elective course (3 credit hours)
Up to 3 credit hours of Research Report (OSE 6909) will be included. Students must select an adviser from the College of Optics Faculty to serve on their Research Report. Students must prepare an approved plan of study upon completion of 9 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.
Independent LearningStudents must demonstrate independent learning by either writing a thesis or a research report. Additionally, all students must take a minimum of one graduate methodology/laboratory course in Optics or a closely related field that includes experiments, research and laboratory reports.
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.
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*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.