Master of Science & Doctor of Philosophy in Electro-Optics

In our electro-optics program, you can expect hands-on training in three optics labs, a significant choice of electives and the opportunity to compete for graduate co-op research jobs at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, local companies and the state of Ohio. 


Plan of Study

Master of Science in Electro-Optics & Doctor of Philosophy in Electro-Optics 

Master of Science in Electro-Optics

A minimum of 30 semester hours.

  • 21 semester hours of core courses in electro-optics: EOP 500, EOP 501, EOP 502, EOP 505, EOP 506, EOP 513, EOP 514, EOP 541L, EOP 542L and EOP 543L.
  • 3 semester hours of a technical elective.
  • 6 semester hours of thesis work in the case of a thesis option or 6 semester hours of approved technical electives in the case of a non-thesis option.

While all students are expected to write a thesis, students supported by an assistantship are required to write a thesis. Click here for additional thesis and Bachelor's Plus Master's information.

Thesis Information
Thesis Route
  • Select thesis adviser during first semester
  • File Plan of Study before the end of the first fall semester
  • Select 2 additional committee members in consultation with thesis adviser
  • File application for graduation by the fourth week of the graduation semester
  • Obtain adviser’s approval of final thesis draft by middle of the graduating semester
  • Submit final thesis draft to committee two weeks before the defense
  • Request to schedule thesis defense
  • Present and defend the thesis to the committee
  • Submit approved thesis to graduate office one week before the last week of semester
Non-Thesis Route
  • Request for thesis waiver during the first semester
  • File Plan of Study before the end of the first fall semester
  • Select a three-member advisory committee before graduation semester
  • Propose and obtain approval for electro-optics exam topic from advisory committee by middle of the graduating semester
  • Submit written report to the committee two weeks before the presentation

Doctor of Philosophy in Electro-Optics

You must have received an M.S. degree in electro-optics or equivalent to be considered.

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

  • 21 semester hours of core courses in electro-optics: EOP 500, EOP 501, 502, 505, 506, 513, 514, 541L, 542L and 543L, or equivalent
  • 6 semester hours of approved graduate mathematics courses
  • 12 semester hours of approved 600-level electro-optics courses
  • 30 semester hours of doctoral dissertation in electro-optics
  • 12 semester hours of technical electives
  • Click here for additional dissertation information.
Doctorate & Dissertation Information
  • After M.S., select dissertation adviser during first semester
  • File Plan of Study before the end of the first fall semester
  • Take electro-optics (EO) Candidacy Written Exam after taking all EO core courses
  • Select 2 additional committee members from program and 1 outside committee member in consultation with dissertation adviser
  • Submit dissertation proposal document to committee one week prior to the proposal defense date
  • Present and defend the dissertation proposal within six months of passing the written exam
  • Verify that at least one paper based on the dissertation has been submitted and accepted to a refereed journal for publication
  • Obtain adviser’s approval of final dissertation draft by middle of the graduating semester
  • Submit final dissertation draft to committee two weeks before the defense
  • Request to schedule dissertation defense
  • Present and defend the dissertation to the committee

Research

Our challenging courses complement our unparalleled research opportunities, including our laser radar curriculum through our LADAR and Optical Communications Institute (LOCI). We offer 20 dedicated electro-optics labs on campus and have access to research and development facilities at the University of Dayton Research Institute, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and local industries to provide you with a path to success. 

Research Centers
Areas of Research
  • Digital and dynamic holography
  • Ladar and free-space optical communications
  • Nanophotonics and metamaterials
  • Optical information processing
  • Polarization engineering
  • Thin-film optical engineering

Bachelor's Plus Master's Information

This is a 5-year Bachelor's Plus Master's (BPM) program for qualified undergraduate students from engineering or physics. It is anticipated that students who would normally graduate in 4 years with their B.S. degree would, under this program, be able to finish with both the bachelor’s and the EO master’s degrees in 5 years. For students pursuing the thesis option, this may require performing research over the summer following your senior year and the summer following your fifth year.

Non-Thesis Route for bpm Program
Senior Fall Senior Spring Senior Summer M.S. Fall M.S. Spring M.S. Summer
EOP 500 EOP 505 EOP Technical Elective EOP 513 EOP 514
EOP 501 (BS + MS dual count) EOP 506 3 credit hours EOP 543L EOP 542L
EOP 502 (BS + MS dual count) EOP 541L EOP Technical Elective EOP Technical Elective
6 credit hours 1 7 credit hours 2 7 credit hours Project Presentation 7 credit hours
Thesis Route: Bachelor's Plus Master's Program
Senior Fall Senior Spring Senior Summer M.S. Fall M.S. Spring M.S. Summer
EOP 500 EOP 505 Technical Elective EOP 513 EOP 514 3 credit Thesis
EOP 501 (BS + MS dual count) EOP 506 3 credit Thesis EOP 543L EOP 542L Thesis Defense
EOP 502 (BS + MS dual count) EOP 541L 6 credit hours 4 credit hours 4 credit hours 3 credit hours 3
6 credit hours 1 7 credit hours 2
EOP Bachelor's Plus Master's
  1. The 6 credit hours count towards the technical electives requirements of the B.S. degree. With the BPM election, the same 6 credits will also count towards the M.S. degree.
  2. The 7 credit hours only count towards the M.S. degree and do not fulfill any undergraduate requirements. Students who pursue the BPM option need to plan their undergraduate courses for these courses.

The research work for the thesis will span the entire two year period regardless of when the thesis credits are earned.


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.

Contact

Department of Electro-Optics & Photonics

Fitz Hall 572 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2951

937-229-2797 

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