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Optical Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 30 months
    Duration
University rank #85 (BCR) Tucson, AZ, United States| Online
The Master of Science in Optical Sciences program — offered on campus and online —  prepares students to enter challenging careers in the optics industry or to continue the pursuit of knowledge with doctoral degrees.

Overview

Its graduates become engineers, designers and technical managers. They work in hardware design, medical and biomedical technology, lasers and electro-optical systems, fiber optics and communications, measurements, manufacturing, and consumer technology. They work for large corporations, small companies, government agencies, universities, hospitals and research centers. Many even work for themselves, having started successful businesses or gone into consulting.

The M.S. in Optical Sciences has no core curriculum, allowing the program considerable flexibility. A student may limit coursework to a single topic area, or he or she may instead form the nucleus of the master's degree around the core courses for the Ph.D. in Optical Sciences — none of which are required.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Fundamentals of Applied Optics Laboratory
  • Fundamentals of Physical Optics Laboratory
  • Lasers and Solid-State Devices Laboratory
  • Mathematical Optics Laboratory

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Domestic Applicants:

    • Fall: July 15
    • Spring: December 10

    International Applicants:

    • Fall: May 1
    • Spring: September 1
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 30 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    35 units alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
    • Time flexibility
      Self-paced
    • Attendance
      No Attendance, Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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General Requirements

  • 3.0 GPA
  • GRE general test
  • TOEFL for international students
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Updated CV
  • Unofficial or Official transcripts

Tuition Fee

  • International

    36566 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36566 USD per year and a duration of 30 months.
  • National

    36400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36400 USD per year and a duration of 30 months.
  • In-State

    12400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12400 USD per year and a duration of 30 months.
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Living costs for Tucson

  • 830 - 1140 USD/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

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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