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Optomechanical Engineering

Master of Science

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Quick Facts

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

Program Details

The Optomechanical Engineering (OME) MS option is an emphasis area, or sub-plan, of the general MS in Optical Sciences program. This multidisciplinary educational program is designed to provide you with advanced training in the optomechanical field, which is concerned with the manufacture, stability, packaging, and integration of optical systems.

Optical systems typically have stringent demands and tolerances to meet specifications. Therefore, students with training in Optomechanical Engineering are highly sought after for fields including space instrumentation, satellite development, defense and security, augmented reality, consumer electronics, biomedical device development, and all fields interfacing with optical systems.

The OME option requires completing a specific set of core courses and restricts additional elective and lab courses. This emphasis also involves the completion of an MS Thesis or MS Report on a topic relevant to optomechanical engineering or completing an approved technical writing course. A faculty committee must approve the thesis or report topic before working on the thesis or report to ensure that it meets the requirements of the OME emphasis area. 

For this emphasis area, the diploma will state “Master of Science in Optical Sciences with an emphasis in Optomechanical Engineering.”

Students employed in the Optics industry can complete a thesis working on a project with their company through the Optical Sciences MS – Industrial Track program. This track is available to students interested in pursuing research toward an MS in collaboration with their company.

Must have completed Calculus I, II, and III, including Vector Calculus, Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra.

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


This emphasis requires a set of required, elective, and laboratory courses. Students may complete the program with a Thesis, MS Report, or as a Technical Writing track. The total units of coursework required for completion vary between 32 and 35, according to the track selected. Courses for this program include:

OPTI 502: Optical Design & Instrumentation
OPTI 502L: Fundamental of Applied Optics Laboratory
OPTI 513L: Optical Testing Laboratory
OPTI 521: Introductory Optomechanical Engineering
OPTI 523: Optomechanical Design & Analysis
AME 552: Planar Multi-body Dynamics with Applications
OPTI 588: Introduction to Display Science and Technology
OPTI 521L: Introductory Optomechanical Engineering Lab



Earning your Master of Science in Optomechanical Engineering will build core skills, including:

  • Component design
  • Mechanical analysis
  • Analysis using finite element models
  • Design for fabrication
  • Assembly of optomechanical systems
  • Testing of optomechanical systems

Graduates of the Optomechanical Engineering MS will be prepared to pursue careers in the following fields:

  • Academia
  • Government
  • National & international defense
  • Space instrumentation
  • Satellite development
  • Augmented reality
  • Consumer electronics
  • Biomedical device development