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Imaging Science MS

John Kerekes, Graduate Program Coordinator
(585) 475-6996, kerekes@cis.rit.edu

http://www.cis.rit.edu/node/1020

Program overview

The master of science program in imaging science prepares students for positions in research in the imaging industry or in the application of various imaging modalities to problems in engineering and science. Formal course work includes consideration of the physical properties of radiation-sensitive materials and processes, the applications of physical and geometrical optics to electro-optical systems, the mathematical evaluation of image forming systems, digital image processing, and the statistical characterization of noise and system performance. Technical electives may be selected from courses offered in imaging science, color science, engineering, computer science, science, and mathematics. Both thesis and project options are available. In general, full-time students are required to pursue the thesis option, with the project option targeted to part-time and online students who can demonstrate that they have sufficient practical experience through their professional activities.

Faculty within the Center for Imaging Science supervise thesis research in areas of the physical properties of radiation-sensitive materials and processes, digital image processing, remote sensing, nanoimaging, electro-optical instrumentation, vision, medical imaging, color imaging systems, and astronomical imaging. Interdisciplinary efforts are possible with the Kate Gleason College of Engineering and the College of Science.

The program can be completed on a full- or a part-time basis. Some courses are available online, specifically in the areas of color science, remote sensing, medical imaging, and digital image processing.

Curriculum

All students must earn 30 credit hours as a graduate student. The curriculum is a combination of required core courses in imaging science, elective courses appropriate for the candidate’s background and interests, and either a research thesis or graduate paper/project. Students must enroll in either the research thesis or graduate paper/project option at the beginning of their studies.

Core courses

Students are required to complete the following core courses: Fourier Methods for Imaging (IMGS-616), Digital Image Processing (IMGS-682), Optics for Imaging (IMGS-633), and either Radiometry (IMGS-619) or The Human Visual System (IMGS-620).  

Speciality track courses

Students choose two courses from a variety of tracks such as: digital image processing, medical imaging, electro-optical imaging systems, remote sensing, color imaging, optics, hard copy materials and processes, and nanoimaging. Tracks may be created for students interested in pursuing additional fields of study.

Research thesis option

The research thesis is based on experimental evidence obtained by the student in an appropriate field, as arranged between the student and their adviser. The minimum number of thesis credits required is four and may be fulfilled by experiments in the university’s laboratories. In some cases, the requirement may be fulfilled by work done in other laboratories or the student's place of employment, under the following conditions:

  1. The results must be fully publishable.
  2. The student’s adviser must be approved by the graduate program coordinator.
  3. The thesis must be based on independent, original work, as it would be if the work were done in the university’s laboratories.

A student’s thesis committee is composed of a minimum of three people: the student’s adviser and two additional members who hold at least a master's dgeree in a field relevant to the student’s research. Two committee members must be from the graduate faculty of the center.

Graduate paper/project option

Students with demonstrated practical or research experience, approved by the graduate program coordinator, may choose the graduate project option (3 credit hours). This option takes the form of a systems project course. The graduate paper is normally performed during the final semester of study. Both part- and full-time students may choose this option, with the approval of the graduate program coordinator.

Imaging science (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
IMGS-616 Fourier Methods for Imaging 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   IMGS-619    Radiometry  
   IMGS-620    The Human Visual System  
  Elective 3
IMGS-606, 607 Imaging Science Seminar I, II 2
IMGS-682 Digital Image Processing 3
IMGS-633 Optics for Imaging 3
  Specialty Track Course 3
Second Year
  Specialty Track Course 3
  Elective 3
IMGS-790 Research and Thesis 4
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

Imaging science (project option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
IMGS-616 Fourier Methods for Imaging 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   IMGS-619    Radiometry  
   IMGS-620    The Human Visual System  
  Elective 3
IMGS-682 Digital Image Processing 3
IMGS-633 Optics for Imaging 3
  Specialty Track Course 3
Second Year
  Specialty Track Course 3
  Electives 6
  MS Systems Project 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS in imaging science, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution (undergraduate studies should include the following: mathematics, through calculus and including differential equations; and a full year of calculus-based physics, including modern physics. It is assumed that students can write a common computer program),
  • Submit a one- to two-page statement of educational objectives,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate or graduate course work,
  • Submit letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic or research capabilities,
  • Submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (requirement may be waived for those not seeking funding from the Center for Imaging Science), and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum scores of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (Internet-based) are required. Students may also submit scores from the International English Language Testing System. The minimum IELTS score is 7.0. International students who are interested in applying for a teaching or research assistantship are advised to obtain as high a TOEFL or IELTS score as possible. These applicants also are encouraged to take the Test of Spoken English in order to be considered for financial assistance.

Applicants seeking financial assistance from the center must have all application documents submitted to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services by January 15 for the next academic year.

Additional information

Bridge courses

Applicants who lack adequate preparation may be required to complete bridge courses in mathematics or physics before matriculating with graduate status.

Maximum time limit

University policy requires that graduate programs be completed within seven years of the student's initial registration for courses in the program. Bridge courses are excluded.

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

The objective of this program is to prepare students holding a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering for positions in research in the imaging industry, or in the application of various imaging modalities to problems in engineering and science. Formal course work includes consideration of the physical properties of radiation-sensitive materials and processes, the applications of physical and geometrical optics to electro-optical systems, the mathematical evaluation of image forming systems, digital image processing, and the statistical characterization of noise and system performance. Technical electives at the graduate level may be selected from courses offered in imaging science, color science, engineering, computer science, science, and mathematics. Both thesis and project options are available. In general, full-time supported students are required to pursue the thesis option, with the project option targeted to part-time and online students who can demonstrate that they have sufficient practical experience through their professional activities.

Faculty within the Center for Imaging Science supervise thesis research in areas of the physical properties of radiation-sensitive materials and processes, digital image processing, remote sensing, nanoimaging, electro-optical instrumentation, medical imaging, color imaging systems, and astronomical imaging. Interdisciplinary efforts are possible with the Kate Gleason College of Engineering and the College of Science.

The degree requirements can be completed on a full- or a part-time basis. An online version of the MS program is available in the areas of color science, remote sensing, medical imaging, and digital image processing. Interested students should consult the website (www.cis.rit.edu) or contact the graduate program director.

Curriculum

The degree may be completed on a full- or part-time basis. All students must earn 45 quarter credit hours as a graduate student, 37 of which must be taken at RIT, to earn the master of science degree. The curriculum is a combination of required core courses in imaging science, elective courses appropriate for the candidate’s background and interests, and either a research thesis or graduate paper/project. Students must enroll in either the research thesis or graduate paper/project option at the beginning of their studies.

Core courses

Students are required to complete five of the seven graduate program core courses, with the only required course being Fourier Methods for Imaging (1051-716). All non-imaging science courses must be approved by the graduate program director as acceptable for credit.

Tracks

Students may choose from a variety of tracks, such as: digital image processing, medical imaging, electro-optical imaging systems, remote sensing, color imaging, optics, hard copy materials and processes, and nanoimaging. Tracks may be created for students interested in pursuing additional fields of study.

Research thesis option

Full-time students who elect this option begin their thesis work during the first year of study. Part-time students may defer the beginning of their thesis work until their second or subsequent years. Full-time students receiving funding assistance are required to choose the research thesis option. Students will take 36 credit hours of course work (including the core) and nine credit hours of thesis/research, three of which are associated with the graduate research seminar course (1051-706, 707, 708).

The thesis is based on experimental evidence obtained by the candidate in an appropriate field, as arranged between the candidate and his or her adviser. The minimum number of thesis credits required is nine and may be fulfilled by experiments in the university’s laboratories. In some cases, the requirement may be fulfilled by work done in other laboratories. An example might be the candidate’s place of employment, under the following conditions:

  1. The results must be fully publishable.
  2. The candidate’s adviser must be approved by the graduate program director.
  3. The thesis must be based on the candidate’s independent, original work, as it would be if the work were done in the university’s laboratories.

A student’s thesis committee is composed of a minimum of three people: the student’s adviser and two additional members who hold at least an MS in a field relevant to the student’s research. Two committee members must be from the graduate faculty of the center.

Graduate paper/project option

Students with demonstrated practical or research experience, approved by the graduate program director, may choose the graduate project option (5 quarter credit hours) in addition to 40 quarter credit hours of core and elective courses. This option takes the form of a systems course and an associated project/paper. The graduate paper is normally performed during the final quarter of study. Both part- and full-time students may choose this option, with the approval of the graduate program director.

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their graduate program adviser with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Imaging science (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
1051-716 Fourier Methods for Imaging 4
Choose four of the following: 16
   1051-713    Probability, Noise, and System Modeling  
   1051-718    Digital Imaging Mathematics  
   1051-719    Radiometry  
   1051-720    The Human Visual System  
   1051-733    Optics  
   1051-782    Digital Image Processing  
  Electives 16
Second Year
  Research/Thesis 9
Total Quarter Credit Hours 45

Imaging science (graduate paper/project option), MS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
1051-716 Fourier Methods for Imaging 4
Choose four of the following: 16
   1051-713    Probability, Noise, and System Modeling  
   1051-718    Digital Imaging Mathematics  
   1051-719    Radiometry  
   1051-720    The Human Visual System  
   1051-733    Optics  
   1051-782    Digital Image Processing  
  Systems Course 4
  Electives 20
  Graduate Paper/Project 1
Total Quarter Credit Hours 45

Imaging science (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
IMGS-616 Fourier Methods for Imaging 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   IMGS-619    Radiometry  
   IMGS-620    The Human Visual System  
  Elective 3
IMGS-606 Imaging Science Seminar I 1
IMGS-682 Digital Image Processing 3
IMGS-633 Optics for Imaging 3
  Specialty track course #1 3
IMGS-607 Imaging Science Seminar II 1
Second Year
  Specialty track course #2 3
IMGS-790 Research and Thesis 2
IMGS-790 Research and Thesis 2
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

Imaging science (project option), MS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
IMGS-616 Fourier Methods for Imaging 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   IMGS-619    Radiometry  
   IMGS-620    The Human Visual System  
  Elective 3
IMGS-682 Digital Image Processing 3
IMGS-633 Optics for Imaging 3
  Specialty track course #1 3
Second Year
  Specialty track course #2 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Imaging Systems Course 2
  MS Project Paper 1
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS in imaging science, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution (undergraduate studies should include the following: mathematics, through calculus and including differential equations; and a full year of calculus-based physics, including modern physics. It is assumed that students can write a common computer program),
  • Submit a one- to two-page statement of educational objectives,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate or graduate course work,
  • Submit letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic or research capabilities,
  • Submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (requirement may be waived for those not seeking funding from the Center for Imaging Science), and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum scores of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer based), or 100 (Internet-based) are required. Students may also submit scores from the International English Language Testing System. The minimum IELTS score is 7.0. International students who are interested in applying for a teaching or research assistantship are advised to obtain as high a TOEFL or IELTS score as possible. These candidates also are encouraged to take the Test of Spoken English in order to be considered for financial assistance.

Applicants seeking financial assistance from the center must have all application documents submitted to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services by January 15 for the next academic year.

Additional information

Bridge courses

Candidates who wish to enter the program but lack adequate preparation may have to take bridge courses in mathematics or physics before matriculating with graduate status.

Maximum time limit

Typically, two years are required for the MS degree, if pursued on a full-time basis. Whether a student pursues the thesis or project/paper option, all degree requirements must be completed within seven years of the first course taken for the degree.