Optical Science

Degrees in optical science and engineering offered at UNM


Doris Williams


How to Apply
Financial Aid
Office of Graduate Studies

The optical science and engineering program at UNM is jointly administered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the departments of Physics and Astronomy.

Established in the mid-1980s, the optics program at UNM has acquired a national and international reputation. Pioneering research has originated from this program in areas ranging from the quantum theory of lasers to ultrashort pulse physics to optoelectronic devices. Graduates of the program land employment in industry, academia, and research laboratories.

The Department offers academic programs leading to:

  • M.S. in engineering with a concentration in photonics or imaging science
  • Ph.D. in optical science and engineering with a photonics concentration or imaging science

Research areas include:

      • Advanced Materials
      • Atomic Optics
      • Biomedical Optics
      • Fiber Optics
      • Laser Cooling
      • Laser Physics
      • Lithography
      • Nano-Photonics
      • Nonlinear Optics
      • Optics Education
      • Optical Imaging
      • Optical Sensors
      • Optoelectronics
      • Photonic Integrated Circuits
      • Quantum Optics
      • Spectroscopy
      • Ultrafast Phenomena

The research facilities are located in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and at UNM's Center for High-Technology Materials. Students also benefit from frequent collaborations with the three national laboratories in New Mexico : Sandia, Los Alamos, and the Air Force Research Laboratory.


Semester Priority for Financial Aid All Other Domestic
Fall February 15 July 15
Spring July 15 November 15
Summer April 15 (domestic only)