12 months
27846 USD/year
27846 USD/year
8757 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Optical Science and Engineering program at The University of New Mexico (UNM) is jointly administered by the optics faculty of the Departments of Physics & Astronomy and Electrical & Computer Engineering. M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Optical Science & Engineering are offered.


Master of Science Program

The Master of Science degree program in Optical Science and Engineering at The University of New Mexico is designed with two distinct objectives:

  • To prepare a student for the industrial workforce engaged in any area of optics and photonics and
  • To prepare a student to meet the challenges of a more advanced research career in these areas

The OSE program has three concentrations

  • Optical Science
  • Photonics
  • Imaging Science

Career Opportunities:

  • Communications: telecom systems, cell phones, displays.
    • Medicine: diagnostics, therapies, gene modification, drug development.
    • Sensing: satellite and astronomical imaging, security systems, cameras.
    • Manufacturing: process control, laser machining, semiconductor fab.

    Programme Structure

    Courses include:

    • Quantum Mechanics 
    • Photonics
    • Electrodynamics 
    • Microelectronics Processing
    • Nonlinear Optics 
    • Optics

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 12 months

    Start dates & application deadlines


    36 SCH


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

    GPA admission requirements GPA

    Other requirements

    General requirements

    • Educational Background
    • Test Scores
    • Letter of Intent
    • Writing Sample
    • CV/Resume
    • Relevant Coursework
    • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • GRE

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      27846 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 27846 USD per year during 12 months.
    • National

      27846 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 27846 USD per year during 12 months.
    • In-State

      8757 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 8757 USD per year during 12 months.

    Living costs for Albuquerque

    870 - 1360 USD /month
    Living costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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