The doctor of philosophy degree in imaging science signifies high achievement in scholarship and independent investigation in the diverse aspects of imaging science. Candidates for the doctoral degree must demonstrate proficiency by:

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



Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the Ph.D. program in imaging science, candidates must:

  • Hold a bachelor of science degree in engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, or one of the natural sciences. (Because imaging science encompasses a wide variety of scientific disciplines, students with diverse backgrounds are accepted into the program. Exceptional students from other fields may be accepted.)
  • Have completed courses in calculus, university physics (one year), modern physics, and a computer language.
  • Submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  • Submit official transcripts from all previous coursework.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals well-qualified to judge their abilities for graduate study.
  • Submit an application for graduate study.



Students whose native language is not English must demonstrate language proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language. A minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (Internet-based) is required. Students may also submit IELTS scores. The minimum IELTS score is 7.0.

Admissions decisions are made by a committee comprised of graduate faculty of the Center for Imaging Science.

Graduate assistantships and tuition remission scholarships are available to qualified students. 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. Students whose native language is not English are advised to obtain as high a TOEFL or IELTS score as possible if they wish to apply for a teaching or research assistantship. These candidates also are encouraged to take the Test of Spoken English in order to be considered for financial assistance.

Students with an MS degree in a related field may be granted up to 36 quarter credits toward the doctoral degree after successful completion of the comprehensive examination and approval of their study plan. The required research credits may not be waived by experience or examination.

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