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Last Updated 2015-08-07

Nanotechnology Professional Science Master's

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The Nanotechnology PSM program requires 30 credit hours at the graduate level, including 12 credit hours in Nanotechnology, 3 credit hours of an elective course in physics, engineering, chemistry or biology, 9 credit hours of professional development in a business certificate program (Graduate Certificate in Technology Ventures), 3 credit hours of research training, and 3 credit hours of internship training.

From the coursework in Nanotechnology and the other related science/engineering areas, students will gain basic knowledge as well as the most advanced developments and applications of nanoscale materials and devices. Through internship training, students will gain hands-on research and business experience in applying nanotechnology for new product development and commercialization. The Graduate Certificate in Technology Ventures focuses on the successful development of knowledge and skills needed to commercialize science and technology research. This comprehensive training program will prepare the students with the knowledge, management skills and mindset to pursue technology entrepreneurship or to work in industry that is poised to develop and commercialize new nanotechnology products. 

Required Courses—27 Credit Hours

Core Courses—12 Credit Hours

  • IDS 6250 Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6254 Nanofabrication and Characterization (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6253 Bioanalytical Technology (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6252 Biomedical Nanotechnology (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6255 Nanotechnology in Energy and Sustainability (3 credit hours)

Professional Training Courses / Graduate Certificate in Technology Ventures—9 Credit Hours

  • GEB 5516 Technological Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours)
  • GEB 6116 Business Plan Formation (3 credit hours)
  • GEB 6518 Strategic Innovation (3 credit hours)

Directed Research—3 Credit Hours

Students will conduct an independent research project under the supervision of an NSTC faculty. Students will gain hands-on research experiences on anaomaterial synthesis, nanostructure fabrication and characterization, and application development in their areas of interest.

  • IDS 6918 Directed Research (3 credit hours)

Internship—3 Credit Hours

Students will spend one summer or one semester working in industry to conduct research and business activities related to nanotechnology and product development.

  • IDS 6946 Internship (3 credit hours)

Additionally, all students pursuing the Professional Science Master's must enroll in the following course: 

  • IDS 5949 Co-op Ed/ Work Experience (0 credit hours) 

Students must register for IDS 6946 and IDS 5949 simultaneously. Students must complete the course with a satisfactory (S) grade. If the student does not complete the course with a satisfactory grade, the student will be asked to repeat the course to meet program requirements.

Elective Course—3 Credit Hours

  • EMA 5586 Photovoltaic Solar Energy Materials (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 5587C Characterization and Reliability of PV Cells (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 5704 Nanoelectronic Devices (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 5312 Light Matter Interaction (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 6938 Photonic Polymer Materials (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 5127 Foundation of Bio-imaging Science (3 credit hours)
  • MCB 5225 Molecular Biology of Diseases (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 5238 Immunobiology (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 5236 Cancer Biology (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6251 Computation, Simulation and Modeling in Nanotechnology (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6256 Principles of Nanostructure Quantum Well, Wires, and Dots (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6257 Fundamentals of Nano Biophysics (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6258 Advanced Materials for Rechargeable Batteries (3 credit hours)

Financial Support

Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see Funding for Graduate School, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of UCF fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 

Graduate Student Associations

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is UCF's graduate organization committed to enrich graduate students' personal, educational and professional experience. To learn more or get involved, please visit For individual department or graduate program organizations, please see program advisor.

Professional Development

Coordinated by the College of Graduate Studies, the Pathways to Success program offers free development opportunities for graduate students including workshops in Academic Integrity, Graduate Grantsmanship, Graduate Teaching, Personal Development, Professional Development, and Research. For more information and how to register, please visit

Job Search

UCF’s Career Services department offers a wide range of programs and services designed to assist graduate students. These services include evaluation and exploration of career goals, preparation for the job search and job search resources. To learn more, visit their website at


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