Rochester Institute of Technology

College of Art and Design

Imaging Science (Ph.D.)


One Lomb Memorial Drive

Rochester, NY 14623

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy in Imaging Science

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The doctor of philosophy degree in imaging science signifies high achievement in scholarship and independent investigation in the diverse aspects of imaging science. Graduates will contribute to an increase in the fundamental body of knowledge associated with imaging science. They will acquire the capabilities, skills, and experience to continue to expand the limits of the discipline, and to meet future scholarly, industrial, and government demands on the field.

Candidates for the doctoral degree must demonstrate proficiency by:

Successfully completing course work, including a core curriculum, as defined by the student’s plan of study;
Passing a series of examinations; and
Completing an acceptable dissertation under supervision of the student’s research adviser and dissertation committee.
Plan of study

All students must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of course work and research. The core curriculum includes courses that span and integrate a common body of knowledge essential to an understanding of imaging processes and applications. Courses are defined by the student’s study plan and must include core course sequences plus a sequence in a topical area such as remote sensing, digital image processing, color imaging, digital graphics, electro-optical imaging systems, medical imaging, and microlithographic imaging technologies.

Students may take a limited number of credit hours in other departments and must complete research credits including two credits of research associated with the research seminar course, Graduate Seminar (IMGS-606, 607).

Graduate elective courses offered by the Center for Imaging Science (and other RIT academic departments in fields closely allied with imaging science) allow students to concentrate their studies in a range of imaging science research and imaging application areas, including electro-optical imaging, digital image processing, color science, perception and vision, electrophotography, lithography, remote sensing, medical imaging, electronic printing, and machine vision.


Middle States

International Student Requirements:

International students whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum scores of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (Internet-based) are required. Students may also submit scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum score of 7.0 is required.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid Description: For graduate study, many of the 70 graduate programs offer assistantships. Additionally, more than 9,000 student jobs are available on campus each year.

# of Credits Required: 60

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Loans may be available. Applicants may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Candidates may work with RIT's Financial Aid Office to determine aid eligibility and funding options.

Locale: Large Suburb

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