Center for Imaging Science College of Science Rochester Institute of Technology

Center for Imaging Science College of Science Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
4 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


The Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at Rochester Institute of Technology

The Center for Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology offers a selection of programs related to the creation, application, and extraction of information from imagery. Programs are exceptionally interdisciplinary and application areas are diverse, ranging from remote sensing, to biomedical imaging, to astronomy, to earth science, to human perception, to environmental forecasting and emergency response, to computational photography and applications in art and culture. Faculty member expertise is equally broad, covering fields such as sensor development; computer science and mathematics; brain and cognitive science; electrical and environmental engineering; remote sensing; physics, astrophysics, and optics; natural resources; biomedical engineering; and imaging science.

The center is supported by $8 million in annual funding from external grants and contracts. Nearly 99% of CIS graduates move on to their top choices of careers. The institute salary overview indicates that for students with M.S. in Imaging Science degrees, starting salaries are as high as $90,000, and PhD. graduates are reaching up to $140,000. Graduates of CIS have taken careers at a variety of top-notch companies and institutions, including NASA, Lockheed Martin, the National Security Agency, Apple, and Microsoft, as well as in academia.

Graduate Programs in Imaging Science

The Center for Imaging Research at RIT offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Imaging Science degree program, as well as the only imaging science doctoral degree program in the nation. The M.S. degree is also available through an online learning program.

Blending physics, computing, math, and engineering, the interdisciplinary nature and systems focus of the imaging science graduate program allows for a flexible curriculum that gives students opportunities to focus on their individual areas of interest. Graduates of imaging science are prepared for careers in fields such as national security and defense, aerospace, information and computing technologies, astronomy, biomedical imaging, engineering, and remote sensing, among many others.

Graduate Program in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology

CIS offers an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology (AST) in conjunction with the Department of Physics and the School of Mathematical Sciences. The multidisciplinary program engages students in the exploration of the underlying physics of phenomena beyond the Earth as well as in the development of state-of-the-art technologies.

AST students have the opportunity to conduct research at the Laboratory for Multiwavelength Astronomy, the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation and the Center for Detectors. Areas of instruction and research include such forefront topics as dark energy, gravitational waves, astro-informatics, and computational astrophysics.

Imaging Research Opportunities at 23 Laboratories and Institutes at RIT

Rochester Institute of Technology is a world leader in imaging research. Faculty members and student scientists have created revolutionary technologies and applications related to a multitude of areas in engineering, film, and animation, as well as the arts and sciences.

Research conducted at CIS focuses on areas such as remote sensing, biomedical imaging, vision and visual perception, astronomy and space weather alert technologies, computational photography, graphical display, sensor development, nano-imaging, emergency response, environmental forecasting, cultural heritage, and the application of imaging science to green energy initiatives.

Imaging students have access to laboratories, centers, and institutes across RIT. Affiliated with the Center for Imaging Science are a host of research laboratories including, for example, the Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing Laboratory, the Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory, the Biomedical Imaging Laboratory, the Munsell Color Science Laboratory, and the Laboratory for Advanced Instrumentation Research, to name just a few. Across the RIT campus, CIS faculty members collaborate with numerous additional laboratories and institutes conducting imaging related research, such as the Print Media Laboratory, the Center for Detectors, the School of Film and Animation, and the Sustainability Institute, enhancing the research opportunities for CIS's graduate students.

Rochester Institute of Technology -- A Top Technical University Offering Experiential Learning

Rochester Institute of Technology offers a wide range of technology-based academic opportunities and career-oriented education through its 9 colleges and institutes. In 1912, RIT became one of the first universities in the world to begin a cooperative education program, which continues today in the form of co-op experiences, internships, study abroad, and research opportunities. RIT has been recognized for its achievements by the "U.S. News and World Report," "Princeton Review," "Forbes Magazine," "Washington Monthly," and the "Fiske Guide to Colleges."

RIT is located on 1,300 acres in Rochester, New York. The city has been named the 8th best college town in America by the American Institute for Economic Research.

Location & Contact

Center for Imaging Science

College of Science
Rochester Institute of Technology

54 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5604
United States

Dr. David Messinger

Interim Director

Phone: 585-475-5944
Fax: 585-475-5988

Diane Ellison

Associate Vice President, Graduate Enrollment Services

Phone: 585-475-2229
Fax: 585-475-7164

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Imaging Science Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Color Science Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 8
    • Doctoral Degrees 10
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


43% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 109
    • Accepted 47
    • Acceptance Rate 43
    • Enrolled 28
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $60
    • Application Fee - International $60
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th January 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 15th December 15th Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesTOEFL, IELTS, or PTE for non-native English speakers, GRE, recommended minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Doctoral's DegreesTOEFL, IELTS, or PTE for non-native English speakers, GRE, recommended minimum GPA of 3.0
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL (minimum score 550 paper-based; 79 iBT) or IELTS (minimum score 6.5), PTE (minimum score 58)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students113
    • Female Percentage29%
    • Male Percentage71%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students113
    • Part-time Percentage24%
    • Full-time Percentage76%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian84%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander2%
    • Two or more races4%
    • Unknown10%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchBiomedical imaging, astronomy and space science, cultural artifact and document imaging detector research, disaster response, nano-imaging and materials, optics, printing, remote sensing, vision, document library
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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