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Educational Opportunities
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Graduate Education

Graduate Education

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) administers the lighting graduate degree programs within the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The LRC has been offering the premier graduate degrees in the field of lighting since 1990 with the mission of educating the future leaders in lighting.

Two degree options provide flexibility for those wishing to pursue graduate level study in the field of lighting. Applicants considering the Ph.D. degree are encouraged to begin by enrolling first in the M.S. in Lighting with the option of continuing onto the Ph.D. This allows students to become better acquainted with the work of the LRC and select an area of research concentration for their advanced studies.

  • Master of Science in Lighting - The premier master's level degree in the field of lighting, the M.S. in Lighting is a two-semester, multidisciplinary, 30-credit program that immerses students in lighting research, technology, human factors, application, and design culminated by an original project under the guidance of faculty. The LRC's M.S. in Lighting Program now offers a paid post-graduation externship option for three months or more at a leading lighting manufacturer, design firm, or government organization. The degree also offers opportunities for students wishing to commercialize ideas for new lighting technologies or services.

  • 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 both degrees include:

  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university
  • At least two semesters of college-level math


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


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