The Ph.D. program in Optical Science and Engineering is typically 36 months in length (beyond the M.S. degree) with a total of 36 to 60 credit hours plus dissertation. The program is under the supervision of the Department of Engineering Physics. Specialization in the area of optical science and engineering, formerly known as electro-optics, was added in the mid-1970s with emphasis on the areas of lasers, optics and optical systems, optical processing, remote sensing and signature analysis, laser beam propagation and control, and photonics.
A program of study is largely determined by the areas and depth of knowledge required by the student in order to adequately carry out the research in his or her chosen specialization. Program content and length are embodied in the student's "approved program" and reflect departmental guidelines, as well as the school's doctoral degree requirements.
Degree Required: A Master’s degree in a Physical Science or Engineering
Test Required: GRE - 156V/151Q (within the last five years)
GPA Required: 3.50 (MS); 3.00 (BS)
USAF Education Codes: 4KOY optical engineering
Waivers to the above criteria may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, individuals whose academic credentials fall below any of the above criteria are encouraged to apply.
Degree Type: Doctoral
Delivery Method: In-Residence