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PhD Optical Sciences

The Ph.D. in Optical Sciences program at University of Arizona prepares students for extraordinary opportunities in a fast-changing, high-tech world.

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Full-time Duration: 2 years
Starting in: August
Tuition Fee: $10,063 per semester
Location: Tucson, United States

Ph.D. students begin by taking a series of core courses designed to provide them with a solid background in optics. As they progress, they gain firm foundations in math and physics, statistics, electromagnetic waves, geometrical optics, quantum optics, and solid-state optics. The balance of coursework is flexible, and students will have the opportunity to explore all of the possibilities that interest them.

The centerpiece of a Optical Sciences program at University of Arizona is research leading to a dissertation, where students demonstrate a capacity for research resulting in an original contribution to scientific knowledge or engineering in Optical Sciences. As students progress, mentored by OSC faculty members, they will pass a series of oral and written exams culminating in the final Ph.D. dissertation defense.

Courses include:

  • Mathematical Methods for Optics and Photonics
  • Probability and Statistics in Optics
  • Linear Systems, Fourier Transforms
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Mathematical Methods for Optics

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“Choosing the Master’s program for Physiological Sciences at the University of Arizona was one of the best decisions I could have made in my education. Our department is warm and collaborative, offering an array of research topics and techniques underneath a vast and integrative umbrella of physiology. Beyond my research experience, I was presented with teaching opportunities, which I feel honed my skill of scientific communication. Having the dynamic research/teaching/class schedule not only kept me active but helped me reinforce material in multiple contexts. Overall, this program was exactly what I wanted in my segway into the medical sciences… and with my teaching assistantship paying for my tuition, how could I say no?”​

Andrew Wojtanowski // MS 2016

Career

Graduates should expect to find unusually comprehensive career options available to them: They may lead, found, or make vital contributions to national or international academic institutions, research facilities or companies, or they may write revolutionary texts, advise U.S. presidents and agencies, make breakthroughs in fundamental science, contribute to NASA’s space program, develop critical defense technologies, innovate unprecedented advances in communications and entertainment, or devise lifesaving medical diagnostics.

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