Accelerated ProgramThe MS degree can be completed in 12 months by pursuing an accelerated schedule that involves taking 12 credit hours (4 courses) in fall, 12 in spring and 6 (two courses) in summer. Due to the accelerated schedule, it is recommended that students carry out a 3-credit hour research report in lieu of a thesis. Students must complete the same program requirements as listed for the Masters and/or concentration programs.
With a fully online option now available, our M.S. in Optics and Photonics is a flexible degree designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, physics, mechanical engineering or related fields. Taught by world-renowned experts at UCF’s College of Optics and Photonics, the program offers students an in-depth curriculum that covers topics including electromagnetics, physical optics, lasers, optoelectronics, fiber optics, imaging, and more.
The Optics and Photonics MS program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours. This concentration offers a nonthesis, thesis, and optional research report option. 18 credit hours must be formal optics (OSE prefix) courses.
For nonthesis options, an oral master’s comprehensive examination based on the core courses (OSE 5115 Interference, Diffraction & Coherence OR OSE 5041 Introduction to Wave Optics, OSE 6111 Optical Wave Propagation, and OSE 5525 Laser Engineering OR OSE 6536 Semiconductor Lasers) must be passed as a graduation requirement for the MS degree in Optics and Photonics. Students will be required to take this exam within one semester after completing the all required courses. However, students are advised to take the exam within one semester after completing the two core courses.