Admissions

Assistantships and Funding


The Admissions Committee begins reviewing completed applications 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 Ph.D. students are commonly offered a teaching assistantship with a stipend of $23,050 the first year ($9,275 fall + $9,275 spring + $4,500 Summer). Optical Science and Engineering Ph.D. students with assistantships are eligible to receive the Graduate School's Graduate Assistant Support Plan (GASP) benefits package which covers the cost of tuition and health insurance for up to 5 years. Student fees are not covered by GASP and are the responsibility of the student.

Admitted, well-qualified MS students are commonly offered a teaching assistantship with a stipend of $14,000 the first year ($7,000 fall + $7,000 spring). Optical Science and Engineering MS students with assistantships are eligible to receive the Graduate School's Master's Merit Award, which pays $4,000 per year for two years for residents or $8,000 per year for two years for non-residents toward tuition costs.

OSE graduate students typically transition, about a year into the program, from the 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. Payment of student fees is often included as part of the research assistantship.

Requirements for admission to the Ph.D. program

Requirements for admission to the M.S. program

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