Master of Science in Lighting

Lighting Research Center

Master of Science in Lighting

The Master of Science in Lighting is the premier master’s level graduate degree offered in the field of lighting.

This 30-credit, two-semester, multidisciplinary degree allows students to engage with faculty experts at the Rensselaer Lighting Research Center, the world’s leading center for lighting research and education.

Students enrolled in the M.S. in Lighting program explore emerging trends in customization and data analytics, in areas such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and networked/connected lighting, 3D printing of lighting components, lighting for circadian health and wellbeing, lighting for plant health, aviation and automotive lighting, and other topics in lighting technology, application and design.

The degree allows for a comprehensive, “hands-on” study of lighting which culminates in a master’s project in the second semester during which each student studies a particular area of lighting in-depth, directly with a faculty adviser.

The LRC’s M.S. in Lighting Program now offers a paid post-graduation externship option for three months or more with one of many lighting organizations that have agreed to host LRC students, including Current by GE, OSRAM, Philips Lighting, Bridgelux, Hubbell Lighting, Ketra, USAI Lighting, and numerous others.

We look forward to your further investigation of the program. For more information, visit

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Evan Douglis, Professor


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