Graduate Programs

In the fast-paced, high-tech world of optics, graduate education is always the key to success. The College of Optical Sciences offers a number of highly regarded graduate programs, many available via distance learning.

Professional Graduate Certificates

Professional Graduate Certificate in Optical Sciences

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. 

Professional Graduate Certificate in Photonic Communications Engineering

The Professional Graduate Certificate in Photonic Communications Engineering is designed for professionals to contribute to the photonic communications industry by creating technology solutions to address the global demand for improved telecommunications, and by possessing the necessary vision and knowledge base to successfully venture into technology commercialization.

M.S. Programs

Master of Science in Optical Sciences

The Master of Science in Optical Sciences program prepares students to enter exciting and challenging careers in industry or to continue their educations in the Ph.D. program. It has no core curriculum, allowing the program considerable flexibility.

Master of Science in Optical Sciences and MBA Dual Degree

The Master of Science in Optical Sciences and MBA Dual Degree program prepares students to create and lead technology-based enterprises and to expertly manage the technology transfer process.  The MBA portion of the dual degree emphasizes the areas of business foundation, advanced business, specialized entrepreneurship and specially designed coursework for professionals dedicated to the business of science.

Master of Science in Optical Sciences Industrial Track

The Master of Science in Optical Sciences Industrial Track program blends the traditional legacy of OSC’s academic excellence with real-world, hands-on experience in an industrial laboratory setting. This program is currently only available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Master of Science in Photonic Communications Engineering

The Master of Science in Photonic Communications Engineering educates engineers on how to address modern photonic engineering challenges with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and industrial relevance.  

Ph.D. Program

Doctor of Philosophy in Optical Sciences

The Doctor of Philosophy in Optical Sciences program prepares students for extraordinary careers and unlimited opportunities in a fast-changing, high-tech world. The program prepares graduates to serve as scientists or engineers in leadership positions in academia, research and industry. Graduates may work with other OSC Ph.D. alumni who have published scholarly books, headed scientific organizations, advised United States presidents and government agencies, contributed to NASA’s space program, devised lifesaving medical technology, directed national and international corporations, and founded successful companies.

Minor

Optics Minor

Students majoring in other disciplines may elect to minor in optical sciences by completing 12 units of approved College of Optical Sciences course work with a grade of B or higher. Learn more about an Optics Minor.

Contact

Lindsay Loebig serves as the senior academic advisor for all graduate students at the College of Optical Sciences. Please contact her at 621-8418 or grad-advising@optics.arizona.edu with any further questions.