The Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) in Optical Sciences is designed for current exceptional Bachelor of Science in Optical Sciences and Engineering (BSOSE) students planning to continue their studies and research in the Wyant College of Optical Sciences’ graduate M.S. program. In as few as five years, a student can complete both the Bachelor of Science in Optical Sciences and Engineering (B.S. OSE) and the Master of Science in Optical Sciences degrees. This program is not open to students who have completed a bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree from another institution. The AMP is designed to be a terminal Master’s degree, which means a student’s educational program is typically done at the completion of their M.S. studies.
A number of employers in the optics industry seek students with M.S. degrees in optics from the Wyant College of Optical Sciences. The AMP degree does such in one additional year by using the already extensive optics knowledge students have obtained as a B.S. OSE student. It provides outstanding students with additional training and experience for extended job opportunities, potential leadership positions upon graduation, experience in advanced laboratories, and opportunities in state-of-the-art research.
The mission of the University of Arizona Wyant College of Optical Sciences is to provide the state of Arizona and the nation with an internationally pre-eminent program in education, research and outreach in all aspects of the science and application of light.
The Wyant College of Optical Sciences, formerly known as the Optical Sciences Center, was established in Tucson, Arizona, in 1964 to fulfill a national need for more highly trained engineers and physicists in the optical sciences. Throughout its 50-year history, OSC has stood on the forefront of the field; today, it educates more students in optics than any institution in the U.S.
Read more about the work we do here in Dean Thomas L. Koch's welcome message.
James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Please visit the Accelerated Masters Program in Optical Sciences webpage for more information.
Applicants are not required to take the GRE for admission to the AMP. However, the GRE is sometimes required for external fellowship or scholarship applications.
AMP students have the opportunity to apply to open Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships during the final year in the program. No funding is guaranteed for M.S. students. Please note that RA and TA positions are competitive and limited. M.S. students may also apply for optics scholarships for which they qualify.
For more information on tuition, funding, and scholarships, please visit our website: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/academics/funding
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
AMP students must follow the M.S. program requirements for the non-thesis, Master’s Report option. Students must complete a minimum of 35 units of graduate optics or optics-related courses, to include 12 units completed in the transition (senior) year, one additional optics laboratory course, and 3 units of OPTI 909 (Master’s Report). Only one non-technical course may count toward the M.S. degree. At least 12 graduate units must be taken after all undergraduate requirements are completed. There is no core curriculum for the M.S. Optics degree, and students in conjunction with their faculty advisor(s) are allowed considerable freedom in planning their study programs.
Students following the Optical Sciences AMP have the following additional academic rules applied to their study:
AMP students must complete one additional laboratory course from the current approved list:
For additional information, including a sample program plan of study, visit http://www.optics.arizona.edu/academics/degree-programs/Accelerated-Masters-Program.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
This is an Accelerated Master's Program (AMP).
The Graduate College offers exceptional undergraduate students in selected majors the opportunity to earn both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in as few as 5 years. The Accelerated Master's Program is for the top undergraduates in participating majors who plan to continue in a graduate program in the same, or closely related, UA discipline.
Programs will select from among a qualified pool, based on the following criteria. Individual programs may have more stringent or additional requirements: