About Us

The electro-optics graduate program welcomes students who desire an advanced degree in the growing optics industry. Optics is at the heart of many new technologies in telecommunications, medicine and manufacturing.

UD's electro-optics graduate program, which began in 1983 and is one of only six electro-optics programs in the U.S., lies at the interface between engineering and science and involves faculty from the School of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences.

As a student in our 30 semester hour master's degree program, you can expect:

  • hands-on training in three optics labs, required among the 21 semester hours of core courses;
  • a significant number of choices for electives, which accommodates a diverse student body with varying backgrounds; and
  • the availability of graduate co-op research jobs for U.S. citizens through the Air Force Research Laboratory at nearby Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, local companies and the state of Ohio.

The typical Ph.D. program is 60 semester hours beyond the Master of Science degree. As a Ph.D. candidate, you have the opportunity to choose advanced electro-optics courses from a diverse menu of topics. Master's degree candidates are encouraged to finish their program with a thesis. Research opportunities for both M.S. and Ph.D. candidates are available from individual faculty members, the University of Dayton Research Institute and the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Industry, the state of Ohio and the federal government support our mission to educate engineers and scientists for the optics industry. We continually improve and add electro-optics courses in response to the needs of our optics community.

UD electro-optics graduates, who provide leadership and expertise to the optics industry, tend to receive challenging, high-paying jobs. Current students benefit greatly from our alumni's professional accomplishments.