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University of Central Florida

College of Optics and Photonics



University Tower, Room 320

PO Box 160112

Orlando, FL 32826

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Optics, Doctor of Philosophy in Optics

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The College of Optics and Photonics offers interdisciplinary graduate programs in optical science and engineering leading to a master’s (M.S.) or doctoral (Ph.D.) degree in optics. The College of Optics and Photonics is the first program to be offered the distinction of College and to be headed by a Dean. The College of Optics and Photonics (COP) has grown rapidly and now has 42 faculty members and faculty with joint appointments, 54 research scientists and 145 graduate students with research activities covering all aspects of optics, photonics, and lasers. Research expenditures are over $23 million annually, with over 20 percent of the funding coming from industrial partners, illustrating the effectiveness of the commitment to partnerships that is a foundational value of the COP. The M.S. program is intended for students with a bachelor’s degree in optics, electrical engineering, physics, or closely related fields. The Ph.D. program is intended for students with a bachelor's or master's degree in optics, electrical engineering, physics, or closely related fields who wish to pursue a career in research or academia.

International Student Requirements:

In order to enroll in graduate classes, students must have obtained a baccalaureate or higher degree, prior to the start of the term for which the student is admitted, from a regionally accredited institution or from a recognized foreign institution. International students are not eligible for nondegree/certificate status unless they hold an eligible visa. International applicants are encouraged to begin the application process early. Also, international applicants should ensure all supporting documents, including those required to issue an I-20, are received by the stated application deadline. Only official documentation is accepted and it is the student's responsibility to submit all documents by the application deadline.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 40,000+

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