A Graduate Degree in Optics & Photonics

CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics at UCF is one of the world’s foremost institutions for research and education in optical and photonic science and engineering. Our master’s and doctoral students work alongside world-renowned faculty researchers to pioneer new technology in ultrafast lasers, fiber optics, displays, biomedicine and beyond. Through strong industry partnerships, our graduates become highly sought after by innovative companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Harris Corporation.


Master’s Program

The Master’s of Science in Optics and Photonics is for students with a bachelor’s degree in optics, electrical engineering, physics or a closely related field who want a career in industry or to go on to earn a doctorate. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available.


Doctoral Degree

The Optics and Photonics Ph.D. program provides the highest-quality education in optical science and engineering, empowering students to conduct scholarly, fundamental and applied research, while participating in the development of technology-based industries.

Why Choose CREOL?

CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics was the first college in the United States solely devoted to optics and lasers. The college has grown rapidly and now has 52 faculty members and faculty with joint appointments, 64 research scientists and 148 graduate students with research activities covering all aspects of optics, photonics and lasers. Research expenditures total more than $10 million annually, with more than 20 percent of the funding originating from industry partnerships. With that level of funding and industry backing, there’s no limit to what you can discover!


UCF researchers are changing the paradigm of what’s possible in optics and photonics. Join a graduate program where the next level of technology in lasers, optical fibers, integrated photonics, nonlinear and quantum optics, as well as imaging, sensing and display is being developed right now. In as little as one year, you’ll be primed for an exciting career in industry or research that will pay off with big rewards.

Many Opportunities

Our graduates get high-paying jobs in exciting industries.

  • Communications, information processing, and data storage
  • Defense and national security
  • Energy
  • Health and medicine
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Advanced photonics measurements and applications
  • Strategic materials for optics
  • Displays