The core education provided by PoCS / MCSL is centered on the graduate program, for which we offer M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Color Science. The links at right provide point to information on both of these programs, other RIT graduate studies pages, and details about our internal Industrial Short Courses.
We have recently completed some revisions of the M.S. and Ph.D. course requirements. They are reflected on the official RIT program pages for 2014 onward. You can read about the changes in this PDF.
Students interested in the list of pre-approved graduate electives can find it in this PDF.
Public Announcement of Ph.D. Dissertation Defense: Color Science Ph.D. dissertation defenses must be scheduled and publicly announced at least four weeks in advance of the defense. No defense may be scheduled without permission of all dissertation committee members. Announcements shall be via email and hardcopy posted throughout Color Science Hall.
New Ph.D. Dissertation Publication Requirement (Effective Fall 2016): Prior to scheduling a Color Science Ph.D. dissertation defense, the student must have at least two (2) refereed journal publications on the dissertation research accepted for publication (or published). The student must be a principal (not always first) author on both papers. While this has been a de facto requirement in the past, and fulfilled in almost all cases, it is now a formal requirement.
The Ph.D. and M.S. programs are identical in the first two years. Ph.D. students then must pass a qualifying exam and complete additional dissertation research. Applicants to the M.S. and Ph.D. program are considered as a single applicant pool with identical admissions criteria and all admission offers are made to the Ph.D. program (which, for any given student, might terminate with an M.S., a Ph.D., or both).
Program of Color Science Program-Level Student Learning Outcomes
- Formulate, analyze, and solve practical problems in color science.
- Design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data, and communicate the significance of results in both written and oral formats.
- Apply knowledge and skills in color science as a contributing member of a multi-disciplinary research team.
- Apply knowledge of the science and technology of color and appearance to formulate, analyze, and solve advanced problems in color science.
- Independently design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data, and communicate the significance of results in both written and oral formats.
- Apply knowledge and skills in color science as the leader of a multi-disciplinary research team.
- Design, completion, and publication of an original research dissertation.