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Photonics Graduate Degree Programs

The Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University offers interdisciplinary graduate degree programs in optical engineering, photonics science, laser technologies in collaboration with the Clemson University Graduate School and Center of Optical Material Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET). These degree programs combine courses in optical engineering, engineering, physics, and material science to explore the fundamentals light science and engineering. Our world-class faculty members and instructors are at the forefront of research in the areas of optical fiber, bio-photonics, meta-optics, high powered lasers, semiconductor fabrication, optoelectronics, quantum materials and devices, and sensors and instrumentation.

MS in Photonic Science and Technology

Students applying to the MS in Photonic Science and Technology program select a thesis or non-thesis track. The 30 credit hour MS-thesis option requires eight 3 credit-hour core courses, 6 credit-hours of research, and defense of a master’s thesis. The 33 credit-hour MS-non-thesis option requires eight 3 credit-hour core courses and three 3-credit hour technical elective courses. MS Photonic Science and Technology students can work with their advisor to select coursework related to their research interests and careers goals in optical engineering, photonic science, and laser technologies.

PhD in Photonic Science and Technology

The PhD in Photonic Science and Technology program requires a minimum of 60 credit-hours (24 credit hours of coursework + 36 credit hours of research). PhD Photonic Science and Technology program faculty conduct research at the highest levels securing competitive federal grants and professional awards. Students admitted to the PhD Photonic Science and Technology program will engage in cutting edge research in the fields of optical engineering, photonic science, and laser technologies. Direct entry to PhD program is available for specially qualified candidates with a BS degree. Before applying for direct entry, contact us to determine your eligibility.

 

How to Apply

Admission is based on the applicant’s record of academic performance, standardized test scores, and letters of reference. Each applicant should highlight relevant work experience and detail academic goals and research interests in a written statement of purpose. Information on required undergraduate prerequisite courses can be found on the UG Course Requirements page.

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Deadlines

Students who seek admission for the fall semester are encouraged to apply no later than the preceding January 15; students who seek admission for the spring semester are encouraged to apply no later than the preceding September 1; students who seek admission for the first summer session are encouraged to apply no later than the preceding December 1. The department will review applications after these recommended dates, but failure to meet these dates may significantly reduce applicants' opportunities for financial assistance.
Please note: International applicants must submit a completed application (with all the required application material) no later than the dates shown below to be considered for admission in the corresponding term.

  • Spring Term: September 15
  • Summer Term: February 15
  • Fall Term: April 15

Test Scores and Requirements

You can view the median test scores of admitted students by program offered at Clemson University. While we do not have a minimum GRE, TOEFL or GPA, we typically seek out applicants with scores in this general range of test scores. Our application review committee looks at all parts of the application to determine if you have the educational background to be successful in our program.  Please note that our program has very high expectations of our applicants. 

The following supporting materials are required for our graduate application package:

  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts (unofficial at time of application, official transcript will be required if accepted)
  • GRE - Only official scores will be reviewed, Clemson Institution code = 5111
  • TOEFL - International Students only, Only official scores will be reviewed, Clemson Institution Code = 5111

For more information, please see our FAQ section and our Graduate Student Handbook or contact our department at ecegrad@clemson.edu.

 

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