Overview

The Masters in imaging science prepares you for research positions in the imaging industry or in the application of various imaging modalities to problems in engineering and science. This emerging field integrates engineering, math, physics, computer science, and psychology to understand and develop imaging systems and technology. You’ll explore the creation and interpretation of image forming systems that are used in a broad range of applications from environmental forecasting and remote sensing to the analysis of the physical properties of radiation-sensitive materials. The Masters in imaging science is geared towards advancing and broadening the skills of professionals working in the imaging industry.

Program Overview

Faculty within the Center for Imaging Science supervise thesis research in areas of the physical properties of radiation-sensitive materials and processes, digital image processing, remote sensing, nanoimaging, electro-optical instrumentation, vision, computer vision, color imaging systems, and astronomical imaging. Interdisciplinary efforts are possible with other colleges across the university.

Formal course work includes consideration of the physical properties of radiation-sensitive materials and processes, the applications of physical and geometrical optics to electro-optical systems, the mathematical evaluation of image forming systems, digital image processing, and the statistical characterization of noise and system performance. Technical electives may be selected from courses offered in imaging science, color science, engineering, computer science, science, and mathematics. Both thesis and project options are available. In general, full-time students are required to pursue the thesis option, with the project option targeted at part-time and online students who can demonstrate that they have sufficient practical experience through their professional activities.

Plan of study

All students must earn 30 credit hours as a graduate student. The curriculum is a combination of required core courses in imaging science, elective courses appropriate for the candidate’s background and interests, and either a research thesis or graduate paper/project. Students must enroll in either the research thesis or graduate paper/project option at the beginning of their studies. The program can be completed on a full- or a part-time basis. Some courses are available online, specifically in the areas of color science, remote sensing, computer vision, and digital image processing.

Core courses

Students are required to complete the following core courses: Fourier Methods for Imaging (IMGS-616), Image Processing and Computer Vision (IMGS-682), Optics for Imaging (IMGS-633), and either Radiometry (IMGS-619) or The Human Visual System (IMGS-620).

Specialty track courses

Students choose two courses from a variety of tracks such as digital image processing, computer vision, electro-optical imaging systems, remote sensing, color imaging, optics, hard copy materials and processes, and nanoimaging. Tracks may be created for students interested in pursuing additional fields of study.

Research thesis option

The research thesis is based on experimental evidence obtained by the student in an appropriate field, as arranged between the student and their adviser. The minimum number of thesis credits required is four and may be fulfilled by experiments in the university’s laboratories. In some cases, the requirement may be fulfilled by work done in other laboratories or the student's place of employment, under the following conditions:

  • The results must be fully publishable.
  • The student’s adviser must be approved by the graduate program coordinator.
  • The thesis must be based on independent, original work, as it would be if the work were done in the university’s 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 a master's degree in a field relevant to the student’s research. Two committee members must be graduate faculty of the center.

Graduate paper/project option

Students with demonstrated practical or research experience, approved by the graduate program coordinator, may choose the graduate project option (3 credit hours). This option takes the form of a systems project course. The graduate paper is normally performed during the final semester of study. Both part- and full-time students may choose this option, with the approval of the graduate program coordinator.

Nature of Work

Faculty within the Center for Imaging Science supervise thesis research in areas of the physical properties of radiation-sensitive materials and processes, digital image processing, remote sensing, nanoimaging, electro-optical instrumentation, vision, computer vision, color imaging systems, and astronomical imaging. Interdisciplinary efforts are possible with the Kate Gleason College of Engineering and the College of Science.

The program can be completed on a full- or a part-time basis. Some courses are available online, specifically in the areas of color science, remote sensing, medical imaging, and digital image processing.

Graduation Requirements

All students must earn 30 credit hours as a graduate student. The curriculum is a combination of required core courses in imaging science, elective courses appropriate for the candidate’s background and interests, and either a research thesis or graduate paper/project. Students must enroll in either the research thesis or graduate paper/project option at the beginning of their studies.

Selected Employers

Adobe, Amazon, Apple, Aptiva Imaging, Boeing, CACI, General Electric, Google, Harris Corp., Heidelberg, Hewlett-Packard, Hover Inc., Integrity Applications Inc., Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Lexmark, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, MITRE, Motorola Mobility LLC, NASA, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, NVIDIA, EagleView, LLC, Ricoh Print Production, Sandia National Labs, Science Applications International Corp., Sherwin Williams, Technicolor, The Aerospace Corporation, Valspar, Xerox.

Industries

  • Research
  • Medical Devices
  • Environmental Services
  • Scientific and Technical Consulting
  • Other Industries

Curriculum

Imaging science (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

First Year

  • IMGS-616 Fourier Methods for Imaging
  • Choose one of the following:
    • IMGS-619 Radiometry
    • IMGS-620 The Human Visual System
  • IMGS-606 Imaging Science Seminar I
  • IMGS-607 Imaging Science Seminar II
  • IMGS-682 Image Processing and Computer Vision
  • IMGS-633 Optics for Imaging
  • Specialty Track Course
  • Elective

Second Year

  • IMGS-790 Research and Thesis
  • Specialty Track Course

Choose one of the following:

  • IMGS-790 Research and Thesis
  • Elective

Imaging science (project option), MS degree, typical course sequence

First Year

  • IMGS-616 Fourier Methods for Imaging
  • IMGS-682 Image Processing and Computer Vision
  • IMGS-633 Optics for Imaging
  • Choose one of the following:
    • IMGS-619 Radiometry
    • IMGS-620 The Human Visual System
  • Elective
  • Specialty Track Course

Second Year

  • IMGS-740 MS Systems Project Paper
  • Specialty Track Course
  • Electives

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS in imaging science, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Have completed courses in 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.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Submit scores from the GRE (requirement may be waived for those not seeking funding from the Center for Imaging Science).
  • Submit a personal statement of educational objectives.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources familiar with the applicant’s academic or research capabilities.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 100 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • Applicants seeking financial assistance from the center must have all application documents submitted to the Office of Graduate and Part-time Enrollment Services by January 15 for the next academic year.

Bridge courses

Applicants who lack adequate preparation may be required to complete bridge courses in mathematics or physics before matriculating with graduate status.

Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated July 8, 2019
This course is Online, Campus based
Start Date
Aug 24, 2020
Duration
2 years
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Price
47,522 USD
Annual tuition (12-18 credit hours). Additional fees may apply. Scholarships and aids are available.
Deadline
Jan 15, 2020
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