The University of Arizona James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences (OSC) is one of the premier educational and research institutions in optics and photonics worldwide, educating more students in optical sciences than any other prorgram in the U.S.

The college offers outstanding faculty members, a diverse and talented student body, a challenging curriculum and close relationships with the optics industry with its graduate certificate, masters and doctoral degrees. Optics firms are experiencing unprecedented demands for employees with graduate degrees and competition for the small pool of very highly educated potential employees is intense. In this fast-paced, high-tech, and in-demand world of optics we enable our alumni to take on these challenging problems headfirst.

Our PhD and MS graduates are professors, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs; in government, industry and defense at both national and international levels. The college’s ties to industry have earned its region in southern Arizona the moniker of America’s Optics Valley. More than 150 local businesses are involved in the design and manufacturing of optical systems, and the University’s strong commitment to entrepreneurship means that OSC faculty, associates and alumni start new companies almost daily. OSC offers more than 80 different graduate courses, and its distance learning options allow OSC to educate optical scientists across the world.

The faculty has included Nobel Prize–winners, presidents of industry associations and undisputed leaders in the field. Many professors have joint appointments in other departments, including physics, astronomy, ophthalmology, materials science, biomedical engineering, and and electrical and computer engineering, giving students ample opportunities to pursue interdisciplinary research.

The University of Arizona's Wyant College of Optical Sciences provides unparalleled resources and expertise to enable students of light to learn and succeed.

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Program Requirements

Bachelor's degree requirements:
A Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or Optics is required, or other STEM field with suitable mathematics and physical sciences courses.

Minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.0
GRE Requirements: Not Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

The Wyant College of Optical Sciences graduate student representatives, Student Optics Chapter (SOCk) club, and Women in Optics (WiO) club coordinate a variety of social and cultural activities, including a biweekly community speaker series, Sports Fridays, Friday happy hours, picnics, and numerous outreach activities. The student groups, SOCk and WiO, are both recognized chapters of the national optics societies, OSA and SPIE.