MSc in Color Science
Color science is broadly interdisciplinary, encompassing physics, chemistry, physiology, statistics, computer science, and psychology. The curriculum, leading to a master of science degree in color science, educates students using a broad interdisciplinary approach. This is the only graduate program in the country devoted to this discipline and it is designed for students whose undergraduate majors are in physics, chemistry, imaging science, computer science, electrical engineering, experimental psychology, physiology, or any discipline pertaining to the quantitative description of color.
Graduates are in high demand and have accepted industrial positions in electronic imaging, color instrumentation, colorant formulation, and basic and applied research. Companies that have hired RIT graduates include Apple Inc., Benjamin Moore, Canon Corp., Dolby Laboratories, Eastman Kodak Co., Hallmark, Hewlett Packard Corp., Microsoft Corp., Pantone, Qualcomm Inc., Ricoh Innovations Inc., Samsung, and Xerox Corp.
The color science degree provides a graduate-level study in both theory and practical application. The program gives students a broad exposure to the field of color and affords them the unique opportunity of specializing in an area appropriate for their background and interest. This objective will be accomplished through the program’s core courses, selection of electives, and completion of a thesis or graduate project.
The degree program in color science revolves around the activities of the Munsell Color Science Laboratory within the Center for Imaging Science (www.cis.rit.edu/research/mcsl). The Munsell Laboratory is the pre-eminent academic laboratory in the country devoted to color science. Research is currently underway in color appearance models; image-quality, data-visualization, and color-tolerance psychophysics; spectral-based image capture, archiving, and reproduction of artwork; analytical and empirical multi-ink printing models; spectral color rendering, color management, computer graphics; and material appearance.
Since the inauguration of the program in 1984, a number of conferences have drawn participants from around the world. Industrial seminars are held each summer on a wide range of color topics, including color perception and appearance, colorimetry, color-difference equations, instrumental tolerances, spectrophotometry, instrument-based color matching, color- and image-appearance models, color management, psychophysics, visualization and rendering, and spectral imaging. The Munsell Laboratory has many contacts that provide students with summer and full-time job opportunities across the United States and abroad.
Prior to being admitted to the master of science degree program, the coordinator of the program must be satisfied that an applicant’s previous education, ability, and practical experience indicate a good chance of success. Scientific reasoning, technical writing, and oral communication skills are particularly important. Admission requirements include:
- A completed graduate application.
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
- Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
- Official undergraduate transcript(s).
- Two professional recommendations.
- An on-campus interview (when possible).
- GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Foundation coursework with GPA of 3.0 or higher (if required).
- Minimum scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language of 587 (paper-based), 240 (computer-based), or 94 (Internet-based). This is a requirement of international students whose primary language is not English. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores will be accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. Minimum scores will vary; however, the absolute minimum score required for unconditional acceptance is 6.5.
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Last updated April 25, 2018