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Optics & Photonics MS & PhD: Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Ph.D. will automatically be considered for a university fellowship.
  • Graduate Application for Admission.
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended are required. Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for admission to both the MS Optics and PhD programs. A Master’s degree is not a requirement for admission to the PhD program. Mail transcripts to...
  • The GRE is a requirement for the Ph.D. program and cannot be waived. A good candidate typically has GRE scores above the 80th percentile. Please send your official GRE scores to University of Central Florida (institution code 5233). It is not required for the M.S. Program. GRE scores are only valid for five years. Scores older than five years cannot be accepted, no exceptions.
  • Official TOEFL scores. Required of international students whose native language is not English, unless the student is a graduate from U.S. accredited college or university. Minimum requirement is 80 for the iBT test or 6.5 for the IELTS test.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • The College of Optics and Photonics requires a Personal Statement and a Research Statement. The other statements are optional.
    • Personal Statement – please describe what you want to do after graduation. Do you want to work in industry, or do you want to go into academia? What is it that makes you prefer one option over the other, and how do you plan to reach your final goal?
    • Research Statement – please describe the research that you have performed, if any, and the type of research that you are most interested in. If there are multiple areas, please provide information about your choice for each area.
  • Resume
  • A $30 nonrefundable application fee is required of all applicants for each application submitted. If you wish to be considered for both the MS and PhD programs, you will need to submit two university applications.
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