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Welcome to the Graduate Programs page for the Department of Optics and Photonics (DOP). Established in 1982, the graduate programs in DOP is second oldest graduate program dedicated to the education and research in optical sciences and engineering and since then has been constantly among the best nationwide. DOP graduate degree options include the M.S. with thesis and the Ph.D. degrees. For more information, please refer to the Degrees Offered page.
The master’s degree in Optical Sciences and Engineering was first awarded at the National Central University (NCU) in 1984. The doctoral program in Optical Sciences and Engineering was established in 1987 and the first Ph.D. degree was awarded in 1990. The first Ph.D. degree was awarded to a woman in 1997. In Fall 2011, DOP had 305 graduate students who come from different countries in both Asia and America. In the 2010-2011 academic year, DOP awarded 97 graduate degrees: 93 M.S. degrees and 4 doctoral degrees.
Currently a variety of technical areas in a broad range of optics/photonics is available for graduate students to pursue their (both full-time or part-time) master’s and/or doctoral studies. DOP is home to 12 technical interest groups and is a leader or primary contributor in those areas. Moreover, DOP’s faculty members are also very active in different interdisciplinary research that attract a broad array of corporate (e.g. TSMC, Delta Electronics, Inc., etc.) and governmental founding support.
With a solid background in the basics and the latest science and technology knowledge, DOP graduates are employed with the nation’s and/or world’s top high-tech companies, colleges and research universities, and entrepreneurial small businesses.
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