The Optical Science and Engineering program is a multi-disciplinary study designed to provide a student who has a background in engineering or physical sciences with the knowledge of optics and laser technology necessary for work in the field of optical science and engineering.
The coursework in this program is in the areas of optical physics and engineering with emphasis on the application of fundamental knowledge in the design, development, test, and evaluation of Air Force systems.
This program is normally six quarters in length for a full-time Air Force student. Each student must complete an independent study, i.e., thesis, in an area related to optical science and engineering and selected from topics proposed by Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) faculty and solicited from Air Force research and development organizations. Research toward the Master’s thesis is typically conducted at AFIT, but may also be conducted under a cooperative research program at one of the Air Force laboratories. Flexibility in the program is maintained to take full advantage of the varied backgrounds and abilities of individual students.
Degree Required: An undergraduate degree in Physics, or degree in Engineering or Physical Science with approval from department.
Mathematics Required: Ordinary Differential Equations
Test Required: GRE - 153V/148Q (within the last five years)
GPA Required: Overall - 3.0; Mathematics - 3.0; Major - 3.0
USAF Education Codes: 4KOY Optical Engineering
Waivers to the above criteria may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, individuals whose academic credentials fall below any of the above criteria are encouraged to apply and allow the department to perform an academic evaluation.
Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)
The PEOs of the Optical Sciences and Engineering program ensure that graduates are prepared to perform the following tasks successfully:
Program Outcomes (POs)
The POs of the Optical Sciences and Engineering program describe what students will know or be able to perform upon degree completion:
Degree Type: Master's
Delivery Method: In-Residence