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A graduate student prepares samples for imaging cells using a quantitative phase microscope to measure angularly resolved light scattering from single cells in order to size organelle distributions, in the lab of optics professor Andrew Berger.

HOME MS Program

The Hybrid Optics Master’s Education (HOME) program offers the world-renowned Institute of Optics MS, taking advantage of the best remote-learning practice and a special in person component crafted to meet the needs of busy professionals.

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Educating the next generation of optics leaders

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Refraction

Studying light's generation, propagation, detection and interaction with matter

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Combining physics, engineering, chemistry and materials science

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Major & Minor

Pursue a degree or take courses in optics or optical engineering.

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Graduate Studies

We emphasize collaboration and collegiality in our master’s and doctoral programs.

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Optics Research

Research includes quantum optics, nanophotonics, optoelectronics, and more.

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PhD student Katie Dunn prepares samples for imaging cells using a quantitative phase microscope at the Institute of Optics.

Feature Story

Institute of Optics aims for 50 percent increase in faculty

A $12 million challenge fund presents an opportunity to increase the program’s prominence at a critical time for the optics field.

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Industry Partnerships

Industrial Associates Program

The IA Program provides training and informational benefits to participating companies and allows the Institute to learn more about industry needs and concerns. This exchange improves our partners’ ability to use modern optical technology while increasing our ability to educate individuals to assume key roles within their companies.

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Current Openings

View current job openings for students/graduates and faculty.

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A graphic image depicting light-matter interactions.

New Quantum Center

Center for Quantum Electrodynamics for Selective Transformations (QuEST)

QuEST is an interdisciplinary team exploring creative strategies to enable new chemical reactivities beyond the traditional paradigm of chemistry by utilizing quantum light-matter interactions between molecules and radiation inside an optical cavity.

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Our Commitment

Why Study at the Institute of Optics?

We are committed to giving you the education, mentoring, and tools to thrive in this growing field. Our graduates go on to careers at major universities, industrial and governmental labs, top companies, or their own business.

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76146starting salary

The average starting salary for the Institute of Optics class of 2021 was $76,146.

Career outcomes graph for a major in optics (class of 2021).
Ninety six percent of responding 2021 graduates report a positive career outcome with fifty two percent reporting they are working after graduation forty one percent continuing their education.

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