Professional Graduate Certificate in Optical Sciences

To meet the needs of both employers and employees within the optics industry, the College of Optical Sciences offers an innovative academic program that can be completed entirely by distance learning, entirely on campus or in any combination of the two.

The Professional Graduate Certificate in Optical Sciences is designed for working professionals with bachelor’s, master's or doctoral degrees who would like to supplement their practical knowledge with formal coursework. The program’s rich variety of classes allows students the opportunity to explore the broad fundamentals of optical sciences or to choose courses of particular relevance to their immediate needs.

Students’ goals, options and commitments may change over time, so the college allows students interested in the M.S. in Optical Sciences or Ph.D. in Optical Sciences to apply their 15 units from the Graduate Certificate program toward the requirements of the higher degree.

Please note that no funding is available for the Professional Graduate Certificate in Optical Sciences. Graduate Certificate students are not eligible for teaching or research assistantships.

Distance Option

Certificate students enroll in regular graduate courses and select the medium in which they wish receive the course material: lectures on campus, videos streamed online or CDs sent by mail. They plan their own course of study by selecting two or three video courses offered each semester.


For more information about the Professional Graduate Certificate in Optical Sciences, please contact Lindsay Loebig, senior academic advisor, at 520-621-8418 or