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About the Dept. of Optics & Photonics (DOP):
Established in 1982, DOP is the 2nd oldest institution on optics in Taiwan, and consistently listed as the TOP 3 on Optical Science and Engineering on the island. At NCU, the location of DOP is featured by its singular building with abundant research/teaching space for the 23 full-time faculty members. More information can be found at:


Faculty Profile:
Please refer to the link for faculty profiles in DOP:


Research Overview:
DOP is particularly devoted to the research topics on: Holography & Optical Information Processing, Quantum Optics, Thin-Film Optics, Biophotonics and Bioimaging, Display Technology, and Solid-State Lighting. More details are available at:


The latest information on scholarships can be found by news released by the Office of International Affairs at NCU:   


Admission Requirements:

While entrance to DOP’s graduate programs for domestic students are very competitive, international students’ entrance to DOP’s graduate program is highly encouraged and those who meet the minimum requirements outlined below are highly likely to be accepted.
Applications for admission are accepted by the corresponding deadlines for entrance at the beginning of Fall and Spring semesters. For Ph.D. students, applications for both Fall and Spring semester admissions are encouraged. For M.S. students, Fall semester admission is highly recommended for optimum course availability. There is no Sumer semester admission.

Master's Program:
Students with a B.S. degree and with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0 from a recognized university are eligible to apply for admission.

Dual Master's Program:
Students enrolled in the Faculty of Physics - Engineering Physics, Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City University of Science (VNUHCM-US), VIETNAM are encouraged to apply for the Dual Master's Program with DOP. Applications should be sent to the Office of International Affairs at NCU:

Ph.D. Program:
Students with B.S. or M.S. degrees with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 out of 4.0 from a recognized university are eligible to apply for admission.

Admission Decision Making Process:
For applications to DOP’s master and Ph.D. programs, several factors, including student’s academic performance at prior institution(s) (GPAs and/or ranking), the statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation, are considered by the admission committee when making admission decisions.

How to Apply:
The following instructions apply to the international applicants ONLY. International applicants should apply the graduate programs at DOP via the web of Office of International Affairs at NCU:

Step 1. Prepare the required documents.
The required documents include

  1. Proof of proficiency of English. If submitting the TOFEL: a minimum score of 213 (computer-based) or 550 (paper-based) or overall score of 80 with at least 20 on speaking and writing (internet-based).
  2. Copy (Copies) of Degree diploma(s) from all schools after high school.
  3. Official transcripts from all schools attended after high school. Transcripts must be in envelopes sealed by the issuing office and your class ranking must be given along with the total number of students in your class. If your class ranking is not available in the official transcript, an official document describing your class ranking, also sealed by the issuing office, must be submitted as a separate document.
  4. Two letters of recommendation. Please read Step 2 for more detailed information.
  5. Resume describing your personal contact information, academic qualifications, professional skills, research interests, publications (if any), and extra curriculum activities.
    Note: It is critical that you provide correct personal contact information, in particular the email address that must be active during the entire application review process. Your email address is the primary means that the DOP staff office will be using to contact you.
  6. Your statement of purpose
    Before writing the statement of purpose, applicants are encouraged to review each sub-areas under the research section for complete descriptions. The statement of purpose should be written in a concise manner and the use of technically-accepted key words is highly recommended. In addition, please outline clearly a plan for your graduate study with an emphasis on your technical interest area information and if applicable, faculty with similar research interests who may be a potential research advisor.
  7. Master thesis or thesis abstract, if any.
  8. Proof of financial support  (optional).
  9. Other supporting documents that may be of any help for your admission.

Step 2. Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation are required, and it is recommended that at least one of your recommendation letters comes from the faculty in prior institution(s) who knows your academic performance well.

Step 3. Mailing required documents
Documents listed in Step 1 should be sent to:

  • Department of Optics and Photonics
  • National Central University
  • Chung-Li, 32001, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Application Status
Currently no online Application Status Checking is available. However, because some of the documents must be processed by more than one committee, it may take a few weeks before the applicant receives an acceptance or rejection notification.

Admission Decisions
Only until DOP’s admission committee receives all the required documents from the applicant will the reviewing process for that applicant start. An admission decision will not be made on an incomplete application.

A Note to International Applicants: The deadline dates listed below are the latest that the international applications will be accepted. However, it is strongly recommended that international students submit their applications as early as possible.

International applicants, including those residing in R.O.C. (Taiwan) –  Mar.1

International applicants, including those residing in R.O.C. (Taiwan) – October 1


Last revised on Nov. 20, 2023.

Address: Kwoh-Ting Optics and Photonics Building, No. 300, Zhongda Rd., Zhongli District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
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