M.S. in Optical Sciences and MBA Dual Degree Requirements

Time Limit

Most students fulfill the M.S. degree requirements in two and a half years. The full dual degree program takes an estimated three to four years.

Plan of Study

Students are required to complete one plan of study for each master's degree program. These plans of study must be submitted during the fall semester of the second year of the program. Note that 17 units may be "double-dipped" toward meeting the dual degree requirements.

Transfer Courses

The two required three-unit MBA courses will be considered transfer units.


Students pursuing the M.S. in Optical Sciences and MBA Dual Degree must complete all classes in both the College of Optical Sciences and the Eller College of Management with grades of B or higher. The M.S. in Optical Sciences requires 35 units of credit: 26 units of optics coursework and laboratories, three units of OPTI 909: Master’s Report, and two three-unit MBA courses (six units total) that will count toward both degrees.

The final exam will consist of an oral presentation based primarily on the master's report and the MBA summer project.

MBA Requirements

The MBA portion of the dual degree has its requirements set by the Eller College of Management. For more information please contact Steve Morrison, Director of Full-Time MBA Program, at smorriso@email.arizona.edu or 520-626-3391.