12 months
18514 USD/year
18514 USD/year
5712 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Optics and Photonics from Montana State University lets you conduct innovative research projects alongside world-class scholars in subject areas such as remote sensing, laser engineering, lidar, signal processing and more.


Students at Optics and Photonics from Montana State University will learn to harness the power of light to prepare for in-demand jobs or research careers in laser engineering, remote sensing and more. Montana State's Optical Technology Center, founded in 1995, has supported a culture of interdisciplinary research and has a long history of partnership with Bozeman's thriving optics and photonics industry.


  • Masters alumni in optics and photonics embark on a wide range of careers within 10-years of their graduation.
  • Nearly 57% are working in for-profit, 28% in academia, and about 14% for government. Top industry employers include AGILE Focus Designs and Aurora Inovation Inc.
  • Across all career paths the estimated salary of alumni within 10 years of graduation ranges from $100,000 to $110,000 with an average of $105,000 (source of data Academic Analytics).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Optics
  • Laser Applications
  • Electro-Optical Systems
  • Laser Engineering
  • Fourier Optics/Imaging Theory
  • Optical Design

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor's degree (or higher) or the equivalent from an accredited, government-recognized university. These degrees are generally four-year-long programs.
  • B average or higher from your undergraduate study (3.0/4.0 GPA, or equivalent).
  • Evidence of English language proficiency.
  • 3 letters of recommendation.
  • A personal statement.
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary coursework completed.

Tuition Fee

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    18514 USD/year
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  • National

    18514 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 18514 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    5712 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5712 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Bozeman

1099 - 2275 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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