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Graduate Program


The MS program in optics can be completed between two or four semesters of full-time study, or over a longer period of part-time study. MS students can choose to pursue a broad education in optics, or to specialize in areas such as:

  • Photonics
  • Medical optics
  • Optical communications
  • Electro-optics
  • Optical materials
  • Laser engineering
  • Business administration

The PhD program in optics prepares students for high-level research in academia, industry, or national laboratories. During the first two semesters, students are exposed to a broad range of areas within this field through class work, seminars, and one-on-one meetings with faculty. By the end of the second semester, all PhD students join a research group and begin working toward a doctoral thesis.

Making Connections through the Institute

The close-knit community here are the Institute not only includes current students, faculty, and staff, but also the many alumni working in industry and government labs, as well as in academia. These connections create possibilities for research interactions while in the program, as well as job opportunities following graduation.

Through events, including the biannual Industrial Associates meeting, the Institute’s students also establish links with the thriving local optics industry. Students can also participate in interdisciplinary research groups within the University, such as the Center for Medical Technology and Innovation, the Center for Freeform Optics, and the Center for Coherence and Quantum Optics.

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grad student in Optics lab