Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Imaging Science MS

Program Overview

The discipline of imaging science focuses on the underlying principles of the capture, processing, transmission, display and perception of images of some object or physical phenomenon. These images may be obtained using electromagnetic or mechanical energy. A key focus of the curriculum at the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science is on imaging systems, emphasizing not only the understanding of the entire system, but also the comprehensive interactions of the system components. Graduates are actively recruited in areas such as imaging system design/development/testing, electro-optical imaging, image processing and analysis, imaging research and development, color and tone calibration and reproduction, optics, defense and intelligence research, environmental research, astronomy, medical diagnostics research and applications, and electronic imaging.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Science
  • PhD


  • 45 students in undergraduate program, 30 students in MS program, and 75students in PhD program.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Students are eligible to participate in an optional co-op program upon completion of 2nd year courses. Participation is strongly encouraged.

Salary Information

                                       Co-op                                                                                   Full-time              

                 Avg.                                              Low - High
BS:           $16.00                                     $12.00 - $23.00                                       $85,000
MS:          $25.00                                     $18.00 - $58.00                                       $85,000
PhD:        $36.00                                     $25.00 - $60.00                                       $100,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

·         Solid background in Calculus, Statistics, Linear Mathematics, Programming, Physics and Optics
·         Students have an understanding of imaging systems and the comprehensive interactions of system components.
·         Advanced courses in optics, radiometry, color science, imaging systems analysis, digital image processing, detectors, and computer vision.
·         A senior research project in which the student works individually with a faculty member is required.
·         Students are exposed to state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and research experiences and opportunities.
Students are adept at technical writing, oral presentation, and production of technical videos

Equipment & Facilities

The Center for Imaging Science was established at RIT to meet the growing need in government and industry for scientists with a broad understanding of imaging and imaging systems. The Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science is housed in a facility of approximately 75,000 square feet. The Center includes several fully equipped laboratories, including labs in visual perception, digital imaging and remote sensing, and optics.  In addition, RIT is home to several other world class laboratories in related fields which are available to Imaging Science students for use in independent research or capstone projects.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Adobe, Amazon, Apple, Aptiva Imaging, Boeing, CACI, General Electric, Google, Harris Corp., Heidelberg, Hewlett-Packard, Adobe, Amazon, Apple, Aptiva Imaging, Boeing, CACI, General Electric, Google, Harris Corp., Hewlett-Packard, Hover Inc., Integrity Applications Inc., Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Lexmark, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, MITRE, Motorola Mobility LLC, NASA, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, NVIDIA, EagleView, LLC, Ricoh Print Production, Sandia National Labs, Science Applications International Corp., Sherwin Williams, Technicolor, The Aerospace Corporation, Valspar, Vencore, Xerox.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Morgan Faas, the career services coordinator who works with the Imaging Science program. You can access information about services through our web site at

Morgan Faas, Career Services Coordinator,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 585.475.5469

Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603

Wednesday, 08 August 2018 Posted in Science, Mathematics, and Imaging Science, College of Science