Photonic Science and Technology


Degrees Offered


The Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET), formed in 2000, is an interdisciplinary unit of the College of Engineering and Science at Clemson University. COMSET provides an organized framework with significant centralized infrastructure for faculty with common interests to collaborate in developing advanced materials, devices and systems that generate, transmit, manipulate and utilize light.

The science and engineering of light-based technologies is approaching a trillion dollar global market. With materials as the technology enabler within all devices and components, Clemson University and South Carolina, through COMSET, are uniquely positioned to support the research, work-force development and outreach needs of the industry. COMSET conducts an important blend of “what-if” basic science and more applied research with immediate deliverables in wide-ranging areas including organic LEDs, specialty optical fiber, light-emitting plastics, glasses and crystals


More information can be found in this graduate handbook.



Clemson has made a major commitment to support the Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET), whose mission is to become a global leader for innovation and education in the science and technology of optical materials and optoelectronics, through research, teaching and the transfer and expansion of optical technologies to the private and public sector. COMSET is headquartered at the Advanced Materials Research Laboratory (AMRL), a $21 million state-of-the-art laboratory located at the Advanced Materials Center in Anderson, S.C.


Required Documents


The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.


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