UNC Charlotte | Graduate Programs in Optical Science and Engineering

Assistantships and Funding

The Admissions Committee begins reviewing completed applications (see application deadlines) on the following schedule:

For Admission to Fall Term: March 1st
For Admission to Spring Term: October 1st

Highest consideration for assistantships and tuition funding is given to applications complete with all supporting documentation before those dates.

Admitted, well-qualified PhD applicants are commonly offered a teaching assistantship with a stipend of $18,000 the first year ($9K per semester). Optical Science and Engineering PhD students with assistantships are eligible to receive the Graduate School's Graduate Assistant Support Plan (GASP) benefit package which covers the cost of tuition and health insurance for up to 5 years.

Admitted, well-qualified MS applicants are commonly offered a teaching assistantship with a stipend of $13,000 the first year ($6.5K per semester). Optical Science and Engineering MS students with assistantships are eligible to receive the Graduate School's Master's Merit Award which pays a portion of tuition costs during the student's first and second academic years of study (follow the link for details).

OSE graduate students typically transition, about a year into the program, from a teaching assistantship to a research assistantship with a faculty member who advises and mentors the student’s research and progress toward their doctoral or master’s degree.

Requirements for admission to the PhD program can be found here: https://optics.uncc.edu/admission-phd-program.

Requirements for admission to the MS program can be found here: https://optics.uncc.edu/admission-ms-program.


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For more information about the OSE Program please send an email to Mark Clayton mclayton@uncc.edu.