MS Imaging Science: Curriculum & Requirements - Fall 2013 and Beyond

Visit the RIT Imaging Science MS Program of Study page here for additional information.

The M.S. in Imaging Science curriculum is a combination of four of the six graduate core courses in imaging science (see below) and elective courses appropriate for the candidate's background and interests. The M.S. in Imaging Science requires 30 total credits, 24 of which must be taken at RIT.

Several tracks (concentrations) have been established for the M.S. in Imaging Science (consult the Graduate Coordinator and/or faculty involved in research in these areas, for further information): Digital Image Processing, Biomedical Imaging, Detectors, Remote Sensing, Color Imaging, and Nanoimaging. Additional tracks may be created for interested students. Students must enroll in either the research-thesis or graduate paper/project option at the beginning of their studies. Candidates who wish to enter the program but lack adequate preparation may have to take bridge courses in mathematics, chemistry, or physics before matriculating with graduate status.

Research Thesis Option - The thesis is to be based on experimental evidence obtained by the candidate in an appropriate field as arranged between the candidate and his or her advisor. Six credit hours of thesis research is required. A minimum of 21 course credits are required. Research may be conducted by experiments in Institute laboratories or by work done in other laboratories (such as the candidate's place of employment). In the latter case, the results must be fully publishable, the candidate's adviser must be approved by the graduate coordinator, and the thesis must be based on the candidate's dependent, original work, as it would be if the work were done in Institute laboratories.

A student's thesis committee is composed of a minimum of three people: the student's adviser and two additional members who hold at least an MS in a field relevant to the student's research. Two committee members must be from the graduate faculty of the center.

Graduate Paper/Project Option - Students with demonstrated practical or research experience, approved by the graduate coordinator, may choose the graduate project option (3 credit hours) in addition to 27 hours of core and elective courses. This option takes the form of a 3 credit systems course. The graduate paper is normally performed during the final term of study. Both part- and full-time students may choose this option, with the approval of the graduate coordinator.

Typically a minimum of two years is required for the M.S. in Imaging Science, if the degree is pursued on a full-time basis. Whether a student pursues the thesis or project/paper option, all degree requirements must be completed within seven years of the first course taken for the degree.

Admission Requirements

Admission will be granted to graduates of accredited degree-granting institutions whose undergraduate studies have included at least the following courses in the major areas of study: 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.

Applicants must demonstrate to the Graduate Admissions Committee of the Center for Imaging Science that they have the capability to pursue graduate work successfully. Normally this will include the submission of a statement of purpose, presentation of undergraduate academic records, letters of evaluation from individuals familiar with the applicant's capabilities, and any other pertinent data furnished by the applicant. While previous high academic achievement does not guarantee admission, such achievement or other unusually persuasive evidence of professional promise is expected.

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. Those seeking funding from the center are also required to take the GRE. Students whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English, as evidenced, for example, by a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer based), or 100 (Internet-based). Students whose native language is not English are advised to obtain as high a TOEFL score as possible if they wish to apply for a teaching or research assistantship. These candidates are also encouraged to take the TSE-A (Test of Spoken English), in order to be considered for financial assistance.

Assistantships and Financial Assistance

Funding is restricted to students who choose the research thesis option and are full-time students, and is usually available only for a subset of entering M.S. students. Qualifying students typically are funded as Graduate Teaching Assistants during their first year. Graduate Research Assistantships may be available during the second year.  Currently, the stipend for a two-semester academic year is $15,000.

Prorated Summer term support is generally available once a student has begun work with a research advisor.    Tuition is also paid for full-time funded students. Funding is guaranteed only for the first year.  A small number of partial scholarships are available. These only cover a portion of the tuition costs. Students accepting these scholarships are required to pay the remaining tuition costs each term, as well as all living expenses from their own funds.

Further Information

For more information on Imaging Science graduate program requirements, policies, and procedures, as well as capsule graduate course descriptions and a table of key events during study for the MS in Imaging Science, please see the Graduate Handbook.
MS Imaging Science Core Courses*
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
IMGS-606,607 Imaging Science Seminar 2**
IMGS-613 Probability, Noise, and System Modeling 3
IMGS-616 Fourier Methods for Imaging 3
IMGS-619 Radiometry  
IMGS-620 The Human Visual System 3
IMGS-633 Optics 3
IMGS-682 Digital Image Processing 3

*MS students take 4 of 6 of these core courses, where the 4 selected courses must include Fourier Methods for Imaging.

**The Imaging Science Seminar sequence is required for students pursuing the MS thesis, and constitutes 2 of the 6 required thesis research credits.

MS Imaging Science tracks (due to recent changes in the MS core curriculum, prospective students should consult the Graduate Coordinator as to the present status of these tracks):
Color Imaging Track (currently under revision)
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours


Principles of Color Science


CLRS-602 Color Physics and Applications 3
CLRS-720 Computational Vision Science 3
Remote Sensing Thesis Track
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
IMGS-619 Radiometry (core course) 3
IMGS-722 Remote Sensing: Sensors and Radiometric Image Analysis 3
IMGS-723 Remote Sensing: Spectral Image Analysis 3
  Elective from recommended courses below 3
Recommended Electives: Multivariate Statistics, Spectral Methods and Instrumentation, SAR Imaging, Photogrammetry, Pattern Recognition, Core courses not included in Core.
Remote Sensing Project Track
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
IMGS-619 Radiometry (core course) 3
IMGS-722 Remote Sensing: Sensors and Radiometric Image Analysis 3
IMGS-723 Remote Sensing: Spectral Image Analysis 3
IMGS-740 Imaging Science MS Systems Project Paper 3
  Elective from recommended courses below 3
Recommended Electives: Multivariate Statistics, Spectral Methods and Instrumentation, SAR Imaging, Photogrammetry, Pattern Recognition, Core courses not included in Core.
Nanoimaging (Currently under revision)
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
IMGS-724 Introduction to Electron Microscopy 3
IMGS-743 Fundamentals of Radiation-Matter Interactions 3
IMGS-7xx Nanoscale Science & Technology of Imaging Systems 3
Recommended electives: Electron Microscopy; Scanning Probe Microscopy, Image Processing, and System Optimization; Principles of Light, X-Ray, and Neutron Scattering; Molecular Spectroscopy; Nano and Microengineering; Micro and Nano-photonics; Principles of Semiconductor Devices; Geometrical Optics; Physical Optics; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Multivariate Statistics-Imaging Science; Solid State Science; Experimental Techniques: Thin Films
Biomedical Imaging Track
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
IMGS-730 Magnetic Resonance Imaging 3
IMGS-731 Ultrasound Imaging 3
IMGS-733 Medical Imaging Systems 3
Recommended Electives: IMGS-754 Pattern Recognition, 1051-XXX Imaging with Wavelet Transforms, CHMP-747 Principles of Magnetic Resonance, EEEE-710 Advanced Electromagnetic Theory

Detectors Track
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
IMGS-739 Principles of Solid State Imaging 3
IMGS-728 Design and Fabrication of a Solid State Imaging Camera 3
IMGS-742 Testing of Focal Plane Arrays 3
Elective choices are: Astronomical Instrumentation & Techniques, Introduction to Digital Image Processing, Remote Sensing: Sensors and Radiometric Image Analysis, Remote Sensing: Spectral Image Analysis, Electro-Optics, Semiconductor Physics, and Physics of Semiconductor Devices I
System Course, not required for research thesis option

Click here for the official RIT bulletin description of the M.S. Imaging Science program.

Last Modified: 5:28pm 30 Jul 14