Graduates will contribute to an increase in the fundamental body of knowledge associated with imaging science. They will acquire the capabilities, skills, and experience to continue to expand the limits of the discipline, and to meet future scholarly, industrial, and government demands on the field.


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Rochester Institute of Technology College of Science

Candidates for the doctoral degree must demonstrate proficiency by:

  • Successfully completing course work, including a core curriculum, as defined by the student’s plan of study;
  • Passing a series of examinations; and
  • Completing an acceptable dissertation under supervision of the student’s research adviser and dissertation committee.

All students must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of course work and research. The core curriculum includes courses that span and integrate a common body of knowledge essential to an understanding of imaging processes and applications. Courses are defined by the student’s study plan and must include core course sequences plus a sequence in a topical area such as remote sensing, digital image processing, color imaging, digital graphics, electro-optical imaging systems, medical imaging, and microlithographic imaging technologies.

Students may take a limited number of credit hours in other departments and must complete research credits including two credits of research associated with the research seminar course, Graduate Seminar (IMGS-606, 607).

Graduate elective courses offered by the Center for Imaging Science (and other RIT academic departments in fields closely allied with imaging science) allow students to concentrate their studies in a range of imaging science research and imaging application areas, including electro-optical imaging, digital image processing, color science, perception and vision, electrophotography, lithography, remote sensing, medical diagnostic imaging, electronic printing, and machine vision.

                CO-OP                     Full-Time

Ph.D.: $19.00-45.00       $110,000-$140,000

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