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Electro-Optics (M.S.)

Master of Science in Electro-Optics

Electro-optics and photonics technology is changing the way we see the world by rapidly revising the way we use and interact with technology. You can lead that change.

We are at the forefront because we are one of the first universities to develop electro-optics and photonics programs, and we are strongly supported by government and industry with over 20 dedicated labs to support your work.

As a student in the University of Dayton's Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics programs, you will help shape the evolving face of technology.

Plan of Study

Click here to go to the University Catalog for overview and courses for the Master of Science in Electro-Optics degree.  

  • 21 semester hours of core courses in electro-optics including EOP 500, EOP 501, EOP 502, EOP 503, EOP 504, EOP 505, EOP 506, EOP 541L, EOP 542L* and EOP 543L*
  • Three semester hours of a technical elective
  • EOP 510 for thesis option or EOP 598 in the case of a non-thesis option.
  • Six semester hours (EOP 599) of thesis work in the case of a thesis, or six semester hours of approved technical electives for a non-thesis option

*One of these labs may be replaced by a short course.

While all students are expected to write a thesis, students supported by an assistantship are required to write a thesis. 

Thesis Route

  1. Select thesis adviser during first semester.
  2. File Plan of Study before the end of the first fall semester.
  3. Select two additional committee members in consultation with thesis adviser.
  4. File application for graduation by the fourth week of the graduation semester.
  5. Obtain adviser’s approval of final thesis draft by middle of the graduating semester.
  6. Submit final thesis draft to committee two weeks before the defense.
  7. Request to schedule thesis defense.
  8. Present and defend the thesis to the committee.
  9. Submit approved thesis to graduate office one week before the last week of semester.

Non-Thesis Route

  1. Request for thesis waiver during the first semester.
  2. File Plan of Study before the end of the first fall semester.
  3. Select a three-member advisory committee before graduation semester.
  4. Propose and obtain approval for electro-optics exam topic from advisory committee by middle of the graduating semester.
  5. Submit written report to the committee two weeks before the presentation.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement or résumé.
  4. Results from the GRE are not required. Candidates can submit a score to support their application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited program in engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or other appropriate program of study. Applicants with a different undergraduate degree may be required to complete prerequisites. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Some programs require higher GPAs for admission. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Application Deadlines

Applications accepted on a rolling basis with the following approximate general deadlines:

  • Fall Term: June 15th
  • Spring Term: November 15th
  • Summer Term: March 15th

Please contact your department chair to follow up on exact deadlines.


Electro-Optics and Photonics, Dr. Andrew Sarangan, Department Chair

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2951