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Rochester Institute of Technology

Center for Imaging Science

Rochester, NY


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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.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Imaging science
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Color science
Master of Science (MS) Imaging science
Master of Science (MS) Color science

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 5
Doctoral Degrees 2

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? Yes
Terminal master's degree available? Yes


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 15th January 15th Yes
Spring deadline December 15th December 15th Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE
Master's Degree Requirements Minimum GPA of 3.0 (recommended)
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE
Doctoral Degree Requirements Minimum GPA of 3.0 (recommended)

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Types of financial support available Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino Not Reported
Black or African American Not Reported
White or Caucasian 34%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian 0.75%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 2.26%
Unknown 0.75%


Male (78%)
Female (21%)


Focus of faculty research: Astronomy and space science, biomedical imaging, cultural artifact document imaging, detector research, disaster response, nano-imaging and materials, optics, printing, remote sensing, vision, document library
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 54 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY  14623-5603
United States
Contact Charles Bachmann
Phone: 585-475-7238
Fax: 585-475-5988

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