Document Submission

  • UNC Charlotte online application for graduate admission.
  • Official GRE scores.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score from international applicants whose native language is not English, unless the previous college degree was from a country where English is the official language.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to the application. (Applicants offered admission will be required to submit official transcripts.)
  • A minimum of three letters of reference.
  • A Statement of Purpose essay detailing the applicant’s motivation and career goals.

Prospective students must apply for admission through the Graduate School at UNC Charlotte, where you can also find Instructions, deadlines, and forms for the admissions process, as well as check the status of your application.

Teaching assistantship support and sometimes tuition support are available. Priority is given to highly qualified applicants and to those that apply early. Initial financial award decisions are made by the first of March for the following fall admission, and by the first of November for spring admission. Financial awards after this date are possible.

The OSE program is an inter-departmental and inter-college academic program that encompasses optical science and optical engineering research areas. It is administered through the Department of Physics and Optical Science, which is a Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Science, therefore it is listed under the College of Liberal Arts and Science in the online application

There is no definite deadline, and applications are accepted until all positions are filled. However, early applications are highly encouraged as this ensures full consideration and maximizes the chance of financial support. For the fall semester, the first financial award offers are made by March 1st. For the spring semester, the first financial awards are made by November 1st. It is advisable to have your application submitted and complete by March 1st to be considered for the first fall awards, and by October 2nd for the first spring awards. Additional awards may be offered after this date.

Admission to the Optical Science and Engineering graduate program is necessarily a selective process. To receive full consideration by the admission committee, you are advised to complete your online application by March 1st for admission the subsequent fall semester, and by October 2nd for the subsequent spring semester. A complete application means that all supplementary information has been received. This ensures that you will be considered for the initial financial award offers. For international students, admission decisions are typically made no later than June 1, allowing for adequate time to secure a visa. In general, students can be admitted up through the middle of August for fall admission.