Delaware State University

School of Graduate Studies

Applied Optics


1200 North Dupont Highway

Dover, DE 19901

United States





Program Information

Degree Offered:

Ph. D. in Optics, MS Degree in Applied Optics

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Delaware State houses one of the region’s premier research facilities in applied optics — the Optical Science Center for Applied Research (OSCAR) houses the Center for Research and Education in Optical Sciences and Applications (CREOSA) funded by NSF and the Center for Applied Optics for Space Sciences. Students in our graduate programs in Applied Optics and Optics collaborate directly with OSCAR researchers, who conduct groundbreaking work in areas such as - Optical Spectroscopy of Complex Samples - Biophotonics - Polarization based imaging - Laser detection and ranging - Optical coherence tomography - Systems for optical information processing - Optical angular momentum beams - Slow- & fast- light in atomic vapors - Nonlinear optics - Laser spectroscopy - Nonlinear optical properties of materials - Optical fiber sensing and detection - Data mining - Machine learning - Computational geometry - Video surveillance - Spatial-temporal statistics - Coherence in light matter interaction - Electromagnetically induced transparency - Stimulated Raman gain - Slow and superluminal light propagation. - Biopolymers - Drug delivery - Nanotechnology - Fluorescence microscopy - Chemical physics - Translational research - Electrical properties of municipal solid waste - Infrared detectors - Thin film properties for sensing - Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy - Cancer diagnostics - Biophysics - Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy. - Development of optical tools for biology - Light-sheet fluorescence microscopy - Cell migration inside multicellular organisms - Nonlinear optical pulse propagation. - Molecular interactions of biopolymers and nanomaterials - Electrical and photonic transport in carbon nanotubes - Single-molecule microscopy - Raman spectroscopy - Machine perception Robotics - Distributed systems and statistics - Computational intelligence - Bioinformatics and computational biology - Signal processing, and data mining. - Computational electrodynamics - Fluid dynamics - Nanophotonics - Metamaterials - Nonlinear optics. - Image processing and analysis - Medical image computing - Machine learning - Computer vision - Optical imaging techniques - Ultrafast laser science for cell and molecular dynamics - Biomedical photonics In this unusually robust research environment, Master’s candidates work with faculty on team-based projects, while designing and executing independent, self-directed research. The program culminates in an original research thesis and oral defense. After earning their Master’s degree, students can transition directly into Delaware State’s Ph.D. program --- one of only about a dozen Optics doctoral programs nationwide. Professional Preparation Master’s degree candidates at Delaware State engage in a full range of activities to prepare them for careers in academia, industry, and/or the nonprofit sector. These include * conducting independent research * working with state-of-the-art technology and instrumentation * developing professional networks with other academic researchers * establishing contacts with potential employers in industry * interning at NASA facilities


Delaware State University is accrediated, Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). There currently isn't accreditation of Optical Science programs.

International Student Requirements:

Applicants must show evidence that they have earned the baccalaureate degree at an accredited college or university and possess the ability to carry out graduate work of high quality. Applicants for degree status should have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.50 (on a 4-point scale) and a scholastic average of 3.00 in their undergraduate major. They should have successfully completed specific courses at the undergraduate level in physics or engineering and have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Foreign applicants must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants should attain a score of at least 550 on the TOEFL. An official transcript of all previous undergraduate and graduate work must be submitted through the World Education Services-International Credential Evaluation

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: Applied Optics Maste

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 528 or 920 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 9504 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 16560 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999