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Imaging Science
Master of Science
College of Science
Graduate Program Contact Emmett Ientillucci

The master of science program is designed for the student holding a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering. It will provide important preparation for positions in research in the imaging industry or in the application of various imaging modalities to problems in engineering and science. The program emphasizes a systems approach to the study of imaging 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. More course information can be viewed here.

  • Price

    $1,191 per credit hour (2020-21)

  • Duration

    30 credit hours required

    The shortest time that this could be completed is 2 years. For the online program, 4 years is more typical, since students take the courses at a slower pace in order to minimize demand on their professional work.

  • Courses
  • Jobs
    • Image Engineer/Scientist
    • Remote Sensing Engineer/Scientist
    • Color Engineer/Scientist
    • Data Engineer/Scientist
    • Medical Engineer/Scientist
  • Employers
    • Apple
    • Google
    • Microsoft
    • Intel
    • Lockheed Martin
    • Geisinger Health Systems
    • Pixar
    • Xerox
    • Excelis
    • IBM
    • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
    • Sandia National Labs
    • Ricoh
  • Program Differentiators
    • 99% of our graduates enter the workforce
    • RIT alums hail from more than 147 countries and work for more than 3,723 employers
    • Upon graduation, you’ll become a member of the 121,000-strong RIT alumni community
    • We build programs based on real-time employer demand
    • The same faculty that teach on-campus, teach online
    • RIT faculty have extensive experience in the classroom, in research, and in their professional fields
    • We provide the same library services and resources, including a dedicated librarian, for online students
    • Our career specialists provide advisement to help you plan, prepare for, and meet your career goals
    • We provide enriched personalized academic advising
    • You receive the same RIT credential as traditional on-campus graduates
  • Application Requirements

    Applications may be submitted any time during the year. For priority consideration, please submit all application materials a minimum of 6 weeks prior to your intended start date.

    To be considered for admission to the master of science in imaging science program, candidates must complete the online application form and 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 official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above (or evidence of relevant professional performance)
    • Submit a current resume
    • Submit a one- to two-page statement of educational objectives
    • Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic or research capabilities
    • Submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
    • A test of English Language aptitude (TOEFL) is required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English. The minimum TOEFL scores of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet-based) are required.  Scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Pearson Test of English (PTE-Academic)  are accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. The minimum IELTS score is 7.0. Applicants are exempt from submitting the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic exams if they have worked or studied in the U.S. for the last two years or they are from countries and attended universities whose native language is English. These countries include: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British West Indies, Canada, England, Guam, Ireland, Mauritius, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Virgin Islands and Wales.
    • Certain countries are subject to comprehensive embargoes under US Export Controls, which prohibit virtually ALL exports, imports and other transactions without a license or other US Government authorization. Learners from Syria, Sudan, North Korea, the Crimea region of the Ukraine, Iran and Cuba may not register for online courses at RIT. Nor may individuals on the United States Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals or the United States Commerce Department’s table of Deny Orders. By registering for online courses at RIT, you represent and warrant that you are not located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country or on any such list.