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Electro-Optics (Ph.D.)

Doctor of Philosophy in Electro-Optics

Receive an advanced degree in Electro-Optics and Photonics and be at the heart of new technologies in telecommunications, medicine and manufacturing. 

The University of Dayton's Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics challenges you with courses that are complemented by unparalleled research opportunities, including a laser radar curriculum through our Ladar and Optical Communications Institute (LOCI) — we offer cutting-edge research opportunities.

Plan of Study

Click here to go to the University Catalog with overview and course descriptions for Doctor of Philosophy in Electro-Optics.

An M.S. degree in electro-optics or equivalent is required to be considered for admission into the EOP Ph.D. program.

A minimum of 90 semester hours beyond the bachelor's degree including:

  • 21 semester hours of core courses in electro-optics including EOP 500, EOP 501, EOP 502, EOP 505, EOP 506, EOP 513, EOP 514, EOP 541L, EOP 542L* and EOP 543L*, or equivalent
  • 6 semester hours of approved graduate mathematics courses
  • 12 semester hours of approved 600-level electro-optics courses
  • 30 semester hours (EOP 699) of doctoral dissertation in electro-optics
  • 12 semester hours of technical electives
  • EOP 610

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

Doctorate and Dissertation Information

  1. After M.S., select dissertation adviser during first semester.
  2. File Plan of Study before the end of the first fall semester.
  3. Take electro-optics (EO) Candidacy Written Exam after taking all EO core courses.
  4. Select two additional committee members from program and one outside committee member in consultation with dissertation adviser.
  5. Submit dissertation proposal document to committee one week prior to the proposal defense date.
  6. Present and defend the dissertation proposal within six months of passing the written exam.
  7. Verify that at least one paper based on the dissertation has been submitted and accepted to a refereed journal for publication.
  8. Obtain adviser’s approval of final dissertation draft by middle of the graduating semester.
  9. Submit final dissertation draft to committee two weeks before the defense.
  10. Request to schedule dissertation defense.
  11. Present and defend the dissertation to the committee.

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.

To be considered for admission to the Ph.D. program in Electro-Optics, a student must have received an M.S. degree in Electro-Optics or equivalent. Only the most promising students with a graduate GPA of 3.5 out of 4, or higher, or equivalent, may be admitted.

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