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Optics & Photonics PhD: Program


The Optics PhD program provides the highest-quality education in optical science and engineering, allowing students to conduct scholarly, fundamental, and applied research, while aiding in the development of Florida's and the nation's technology-based industries. Read more...

Degree Requirements

The Optics PhD requires a minimum of 72 hours graduate semester credit hours, as described in the table below. Detail requirements are given in the Graduate Catalog.
PhD Requirements: 72 credit hours overall
Coursework (39 Hours) Core (18 hours) OSE 5115 Interference, Diffraction and Coherence
OSE 5312 Light Matter Interactions
OSE 6111 Optical Wave Propagation
OSE 6211 Imaging & Optical Systems
OSE 6525 Laser Engineering
OSE 6474 Fundamentals of Optical Fiber Communications
Additional Coursework requirements (21 hours) At least 15 hours must be Optics course work
At least 6 hours science/engineering graduate laboratory (at least 3 hours must be in Optics)
Research and Dissertation (33 Hours) Dissertation Hours At least 15 hours of dissertation (OSE 7980)
Other No more than 18 hours combined of directed research, doctoral research and independent studies, (OSE 6918, 7919 or 6908) may be counted toward the PhD degree.

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College of Optics Academic Programs Office
Dr. David Hagan, Associate Dean,
Rachel Franzetta, Graduate Coordinator,
Alma Montelongo, Senior Admissions Specialist,
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