Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Institute of Optics

The M.S. Program

 

The Master of Science degree program in optics is designed to provide students who have a strong undergraduate preparation in physics or engineering with the knowledge and skills to contribute to state-of-the-art optics research and development. A number of options are available within the general degree requirements to satisfy the needs of students with a variety of goals in mind:

Coursework M.S. (2 semesters)
Standard option
Students wishing to get a basic training in optics to enter an industrial or governmental laboratory can obtain that training in as little as nine months (two semesters) by taking 30 hours of coursework and writing a Final Essay (15 pages).  These courses provide the student with broad knowledge of the field of optics and its applications.

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Fourier Optics Optics Laboratory
Geometrical Optics Elective*
Radiation and Detectors Elective*
Elective* Elective*

* For more information on the electives available and the requirements on these, see the Graduate Handbook.

Certified Specialty
Students interested in a particular area of optics can choose to specialize in one of the following areas:

The timeline is similar to that of the standard option, with some of the required courses replaced with courses specific to the specialty.

Thesis M.S. (3-4 semesters)
The student who wishes to get advanced training in research in some particular area of optics may pursue a research-based Thesis. This option generally requires 18 to 24 months and it allows the student to develop a high level of expertise in a specialized field.

Fall Semester Spring Semester Fall/Spring Semester
Fourier Optics Optics Laboratory Research
Radiation and Detectors Elective Writing of Thesis
Geometrical Optics
Research

M.S. Co-Op Program (4 semesters)
This option allows the combination of formal education with practical industrial experience. The students begin with one semester of coursework, and then spend one full year working in industry, following which they return to complete the second semester of coursework. During the year in industry the students are paid the normal salary for employees with similar levels of experience. The Institute of Optics will assist the student in securing a Co-Op position in industry.

Fall Semester Spring Semester Fall Semester Spring Semester
Fourier Optics Work in  Work in Electromagnetic Waves
Geometrical Optics
Industry Industry Optics Laboratory
Radiation and Detectors

Elective*
Elective* Elective*

* For more information on the electives available and the requirements on these, see the Graduate Handbook.

Coursework M.S. with summer residency (3 semesters)

This option allows the student to extend the coursework over three semesters while maintaining full-time status. The student can carry out a summer residency in a research group or in industry. Students can follow the standard coursework or pursue a certified specialty area.

Fall Semester Spring Semester Fall Semester
Geometrical Optics Optics Laboratory Elective*
Radiation and Detectors
Elective* Elective*
Fourier Optics
Elective*

* For more information on the electives available and the requirements on these, see the Graduate Handbook.

B.S.-M.S. Program in Optics

Optics Juniors contemplating graduate work should consider this five-year program. Students are accepted into the program in the spring of the junior year and can begin master's-level work during the senior year. The Bachelor of Science degree is awarded at the end of the fourth year. Work or study for credit in the summer between the fourth and fifth years can be arranged, if desired. 

Fall Semester Senior Year Spring Semester Fall Semester Spring Semester
Geometrical Optics Geometrical Optics II Fourier Optics Electromagnetic Waves
Quantum Theory of Optics
Optics Laboratory Elective*
Optics Laboratory
Radiation and Detectors
Elective*
Elective* Elective*
Elective* Elective* Elective* Elective*

Part-time

This option is an attractive one for the engineer working in industry who desires to get advanced training in optics. Courses (either Standard or Certified Specialty) can be taken over a period of four or more semesters.

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