The Photonic Science and Technology program, jointly administered by the Center of Optical Material Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET), the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, and the Graduate School, offers interdisciplinary graduate degrees involving science, engineering, communications, entrepreneurship, business, and leadership. The program prepares individuals with the fundamentals of the science and engineering of light and specific interactions targeted for relevance to the research areas of their home academic department(s) and collaborative co-advised graduate committees.
Students with backgrounds in any relevant science or engineering discipline who have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university may be accepted. Undergraduate prerequisite or corequisite courses may be required for applicants with undergraduate degrees in nonengineering or nonscientific disciplines.
Acceptance is recommended to the Graduate School by COMSET faculty review based on records of academic achievements, including grades from previous programs and GRE scores, and other appropriate professional accomplishments.
Each degree program is planned individually to augments the student’s previous engineering and science background with adequate breadth in science or engineering and specialization in an area of photonic science or engineering. Coursework includes photonic science and technology and related engineering and sciences currently offered in the member departments and schools of COMSET.
Candidates for the PhD degree are required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, including nine credit hours of core courses, three credit hours of PST seminar, nine credit hours of elective courses, and an additional 15 credit hours of dissertation research, and complete an acceptable dissertation.