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Optical Sciences

Master of Science

Prepare to enter an exciting and challenging career as an engineer, designer or technical manager or build a foundation to continue your education in the Ph.D. program.


The UA 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.

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Career Level: Graduate
Degree: Master of Science
College: College of Optical Science

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $1,330
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.