OSCAR: Optical Science Center for Applied Research at Delaware State University

Delaware State University

Graduate Studies Program

The graduate program in Optics and Photonics has a deep focus in the areas of laser spectroscopy, biophotonics and nanophotonics, and develop many challenging and exploratory projects based on optical technology and its applications to aid the health related sciences. Some details on these programs are given below. Applications for these programs are available online <click here>

M.S. degree in Applied Optics
Students in the MS on Optics Program are required to complete a research thesis an oral defense of it. The MS in Applied Optics has a typical duration of two to three years for full-time students. Students in the MS in Applied Optics program are required to complete a minimum of 30 course credits and 3 hours or thesis research. (course list below)

Ph.D. degree in Optics
Students in the Ph.D. program are required to complete a dissertation and an oral defense. The Ph.D. in Optics has a typical duration of four to seven years for full-time students. The program is the first of its kind in the State of Delaware and the region and amongst about a dozen institutions in the nation that offer a Ph.D. in optics. Furthermore, it is designed to be linked with other related research and academic programs in the region, as well as the biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in and around Delaware. Given the interdisciplinary opportunities that optics presents, students in the Ph.D. in Optics have the same opportunities. Students in the Ph.D. are required to complete a minimum of 36 course credits and 18 hours or thesis research. (course list below)

Graduate Courses List
- Advanced Elecromagnetic Theory
- Quantum Mechanics
- Mathematical Methods
- Modern Optics
- Nonlinear Optics
- Principles of Lasers & Optical Devices
- Modern Laser Spectroscopic Methods
- Biophotonics
- Optical System Design
- Optical Electronics
- Photonics and information Processing
- Quantum Theory of Light
- Introduction to LabVIEW
- Fiber Optics and Fiber Optics Communication

International students
If you are an international applicant, please refer to the information in DSU international affair page


Prospective students can obtain more information by contacting the director of graduate program

Thomas Planchon
Associate Professor of Physics
Director of Graduate Program
Department of Physics and Engineering
Delaware State University

Delaware State University and its Physics and Optics graduate programs are a partnership insitution with the APS Bridge Program (APS - BP). Visit the APS Bridge program partnership webpage

The goal of the program is to enhance the diversity in Physics graduate education by allowing students, in particular minority students, to receive mentoring and assistance in making the transition into a doctoral program. As an Historically Black College and University, Delaware State University and our Physics department are committed to enhance the diversity specifically in the field of Optics and Photonics.