Master of Science (M.S.) in Physics, Option in Photonics

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Physics, Option in Photonics offers both a Thesis Track and a Report Track. The requirements for each of these two degree tracks are described below.

Both of these options are aimed at students who intend to take either the M.S. in Physics with Optic/Photonics Option as a terminal degree, or as the first graduate degree before transferring to the Photonics or Physics Ph.D. program.


Thesis Track

(30 credit hours)

30 credit hours required past baccalaureate degree

Two (2) required PHYS courses (6 credit hours):

  • PHYS 5453 Methods of Theoretical Physics
  • PHYS 5613 Quantum Mechanics I

Three (3) Photonics core courses (9 credit hours) chosen from the following list with advisor approval:

  • PHYS 5163 Lasers
  • PHYS 5123 Geometrical Optics (cross-listed as ECEN 5803)
  • PHYS 5303 Physical Optics (cross-listed as ECEN 5823)
  • ECEN 5080 Design of Lasers and Systems 
  • ECEN 5833 Fiber-optic Communication Systems

Three or more advanced PHYS or ECEN courses (9 credit hours) at the graduate level from the two groups of electives given below. A minimum of one course and a maximum of two will be taken from Group I. Courses at the graduate level from other departments may be substituted for electives in Group II with Physics Department permission, but alternate courses must have a strong connection to optics and photonics.


  • PHYS 5313 Electromagnetic Theory
  • PHYS 6713 Advanced Electromagnetic Radiation
  • ECEN 5613 Electromagnetic Theory


  • PHYS 5133 Laser Spectroscopy
  • PHYS 5663 Solid State I
  • PHYS 6313 Quantum Mechanics II
  • PHYS 6413 Nonlinear Optics
  • PHYS 6423 Quantum Optics
  • ECEN 5843 Microelectronic Fabrication
  • ECEN 5853 Ultrafast Optoelectronics
  • ECEN 5793 Digital Image Processing

6 credit hours (or more) of supervised research (PHYS 5000, or equivalent), with submission of an approved thesis.

Flexibility in course choice is allowed with permission of the Physics Department.


Report Track

(32 credit hours)

The report option requires two additional advanced courses at the graduate level, for a total of 30 credit hours of course work. These courses can be in other departments, but must have a strong connection to optics and photonics.

Students must also complete a two credit hour report.


Additional Information

Particular questions concerning the Physics M.S. degree programs may be directed to:

Dr. Albert T. Rosenberger
Graduate Coordinator
Oklahoma State University
Department of Physics
145 Physical Sciences Bldg.
Stillwater, OK 74078-3072
Tel: 405-744-6742