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Photonics, M.Eng.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #98 (QS) , MA,
The Master of Engineering (MEng) program in Photonics is designed to prepare students for technically demanding careers in industry as well as for post-master’s graduate studies in photonics or related fields. 


More specifically:

  • It allows students to take 32 credits of advanced engineering courses of structured and rigorous content in preparation for careers in industry as well as entry into PhD programs in photonics and related areas.
  • It requires students to build depth in a photonics specialization, selected from areas such as lasers and applications, photonics materials and devices, and fiber optics and optical communications.
  • It affords students the opportunity to flexibly choose graduate electives to explore a breadth of technical or professional interests within—or outside—engineering. For example, permissible graduate electives for the MEng program include courses in project management, entrepreneurship, and leadership.
  • As opposed to the MS in Photonics, it does not require you to perform independent research as part of the degree program; this may be attractive to you (a) if you have prior research experience, (b) if you prefer to postpone your research training to a post-master’s program, or (c) if you are not interested in a research-intensive career.
  • It has a practicum requirement that is satisfied by taking a 4-credit course (Directed Team Project) or by taking two project-intensive courses.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Solid State Nanophotonics
  • Photonics – Engineering with Light 
  • Photonics Lab
  • Semiconductor Quantum Structures and Photonic Devices

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    32 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • A completed electronic application
  • Application Fee of $95
  • Statement of Purpose (essay)
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Graduate Record Examination(GRE) test score report
  • TOEFL or IELTS score report

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52816 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26408 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    52816 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26408 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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