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Optical Sciences

Master of Science


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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 32
Cost Per Credit: $1330
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College of Optical Science

Program Details

The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences is an internationally pre-eminent program in education, research and outreach in all aspects of the science and application of light.

Graduates of the Master of Science in Optical Sciences work in hardware design, medical and biomedical technology, lasers and electro-optical systems, fiber optics and communications, measurements, manufacturing and consumer technology. They work for large corporations, small businesses, government agencies, universities, hospitals and research centers. Many even work for themselves, having started successful companies or gone into consulting. There is no core curriculum for the master's in Optical Sciences degree, and students are allowed considerable freedom in planning their study programs. The student may limit coursework to a single area if desired; the core courses for the Ph.D. in Optical Sciences may also form the nucleus of a master's program, but there is no requirement to take any of them. Students may choose between a thesis option and a non-thesis option for the M.S. in Optical Sciences.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The curriculum for this degree program includes:

OPTI 501: Electromagnetic Waves
OPTI 502: Optical Design and Instrumentation I
OPTI 517: Lens Design
OPTI 530: Optical Communication Systems