4+1 Option

Master of Science Degree in Imaging Science

This a 4+1 option where the final degree granted is a Masters of Science (MS) degree in Imaging Science. This option is open to all qualified students in baccalaureate programs at RIT.

To be qualified, the student must complete all the requirements for their undergraduate degree program and have completed the sequences in Project-Based Calculus (through Multivariable Calculus) and University and Modern Physics. In addition, it is assumed that the student can write a common computer program. The student must have achieved a grade point average of 3.4 or higher in their math and science courses and received recommendations for graduate studies from at least two of their faculty members.

The student may apply to the Imaging Science graduate program during the spring quarter of their junior year of baccalaureate studies for admission to the MS program for the fall quarter a full year later, contingent on achieving the qualifications described above. Students may also apply as late as the January 15 graduate admissions deadline during their senior year. Since these are students already enrolled in coursework at RIT and since the recommendations are from existing RIT faculty, no GRE test scores will be required for application or admissions decision. GRE scores are required if the student wishes to be considered for graduate student support (i.e. tuition waiver and/or stipend).

The MS portion of the option will follow the policies and procedures that are now in place for the MS degree program. Institute policies state that 12 credits attained in graduate courses that count toward the completion of a student's baccalaureate degree may also be counted toward a graduate degree at RIT. In this manner a student may begin to enroll in graduate course at the Center for Imaging Science during their final year of undergraduate studies (or earlier if circumstances permit). Only those graduate courses that are completed with a grade of B or higher can count toward the MS degree. If accepted by the faculty of the Center into the program for graduate studies, the student takes the remaining course credits during the +1 year of their 4+1 option.

This option, like the traditional Imaging Science MS program, has a research requirement that may take the form of a research thesis or a research project/paper. While the research thesis option will typically be selected to satisfy this requirement, the research project/paper option is available for those students having demonstrated practical or research experience and have received the approval of the graduate coordinator.

For the student selecting the research thesis option, the expectation is that graduate research will begin during the summer following their final year in their baccalaureate program (or earlier if circumstances permit). The research will continue during their following year of coursework and may be completed by the end of the summer quarter following their +1 year. Additional time may be taken beyond this year of graduate coursework to complete the thesis if necessary with permission of the graduate coordinator. A total of 9 credits of graduate research must be taken (including 3 credits from the Imaging Science Seminar sequence) for those students selecting the research thesis option.

For the student choosing the research project/paper option, a total of 5 credits of graduate research must be taken (composed of a systems course and a project paper). The project paper will typically be completed during the last quarter of their +1 year.

The total credit count for the +1 year is 45, with 12 credits being carried over from the baccalaureate degree program from courses taken in the Center for Imaging Science.

The Masters of Science degree program in Imaging Science requires the student to take

    1051-706,707,708 / Imaging Science Seminar (thesis option only) / 3 credits
    1051-716 / Fourier Methods for Imaging / 4 credits

and 4 of the 6 core courses listed below

    1051-718 / Digital Imaging Mathematics / 4 credits
    1051-719 / Radiometry / 4 credits
    1051-720 / The Human Visual System / 4 credits
    1051-733 / Optics / 4 credits
    1051-713 / Probability, Noise, and System Modeling / 4 credits
    1051-782 / Digital Image Processing / 4 credits

MS students are also required to take a three-course sequence in an approved Imaging Science track area. Track area examples include digital image processing, medical imaging, electro-optical imaging systems, remote sensing, color imaging, and hard copy materials and processes. Elective courses are taken as needed to reach the required credit count.

MS students are also required to take a three-course sequence in an approved Imaging Science track area. Track area examples include digital image processing, medical imaging, electro-optical imaging systems, remote sensing, color imaging, and hard copy materials and processes. Elective courses are taken as needed to reach the required credit count.

A student completing the 4+1 option that decides that they would like to continue their education in Imaging Science by pursuing the Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree offered at RIT would be granted credit for all the graduate coursework taken while in the 4+1 option. These credits would be subject to the same 7-year limit imposed on any other student entering this program for another institution. The only credits that would not be applicable to the pursuit of the Ph.D. are those credits that were earned for conducting the thesis or project at the MS level. The 3 credits achieved for the Imaging Science Seminar class would be applicable.

Last Modified: 7:12am 04 Apr 10