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Educational Opportunities
Educational Opportunities

Graduate education

Graduate degrees: Overview

Three degree options provide flexibility for those wishing to pursue graduate level study in the field of lighting:

  • Master of Science in Lighting - The premier master's level degree in the field of lighting, the MS in Lighting is a two-year, 48-credit program that immerses students in lighting research and application, culminated by an original thesis project under the guidance of a faculty member.

  • Master of Science in Architectural Sciences with a Concentration in Lighting - This nine-month, 30-credit degree is geared toward students who already have some experience in the lighting field and wish to broaden their knowledge in key areas of lighting study. It also offers technology commercialization opportunities and experience.

  • Ph.D in Architectural Sciences with a Concentration in Lighting - The highest degree available in the field of lighting, this degree allows students from a wide range of backgrounds to undertake concentrated research in a select area of lighting study.

Prerequisites for all degrees include:

  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university
  • At least two semesters of college-level math
LRC students at the equator in Ecuador during special project
A special project took LRC students to the equator in Ecuador.


Financial aid
Admission applications must be received by January 1st to be considered for financial aid.


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