The Photonics Track in the Optics and Photonics MS 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 Photonics 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
- 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—21 Credit Hours
Core—18 Credit Hours
- OSE 5414 Fundamentals of Optoelectronic
Devices (3 credit hours)
- OSE 5115 Interference, Diffraction and
Coherence (3 credit hours)
- OSE 6111 Optical Wave Propagation (3 credit
- OSE 6525 Laser Engineering (3 credit hours)
- OSE 6421
Integrated Photonics (3 credit hours)
- OSE 6474 Optical Communications
Systems (3 credit hours)
Research Methods/Laboratory—3 Credit
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 6455C Photonics Laboratory (3
- OSE 6615L Optoelectronic Device Fabrication Laboratory (3
- Other graduate-related science and engineering
methodology labs may be taken with approval by the College of Optics and
Elective Courses—3 Credit Hours
are required to take a minimum of 3 credit hours of electives.
Other courses with significant optics content may be accepted toward the Optics (OSE) course work requirement, upon approval by the Associate Dean.
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 resarch.
- OSE 6971 Thesis (6 credit
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
The nonthesis option requires an additional 6 credit hours of
courses or electives.
- OSE 6909 Research Report (3 credit
- 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 and Photonics 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 Photonics 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.