The Optics and Photonics MS degree is an interdisciplinary, cooperative program managed by the Optics and Photonics Degree Program Committee on behalf of the three participating departments: Physics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Chemistry and Biochemistry. Students apply directly to the Optics and Photonics MS Program and are admitted through one of the participating departments, selected based on advisor affiliation and student interest.

Application Deadlines

Priority deadline: For consideration of admission with financial support for Domestic and International applicants:

Fall - January 15th

Spring - September 15th

Regular deadline: For Domestic applicants:

Fall - July 15th
Spring - December 1st

For International applicants:

Fall - May 15th
Spring - October 1st

Required Tests

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for the Master of Science in Optics program. Submitted scores are typically no lower than 153 Verbal, 153 Quantitative, and 3.5 Analytical Writing. These scores must be received directly from ETS. The institution code for Montana State University is 4488.

International Applicants

English proficiency scores with the following minimums: TOEFL (100), IELTS (level 7), or PTE (68), are required for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and are not from countries where English is the official language.  Please see our International application process page for further information and a list of countries where the english proficiency score is waived.

Additional Admission Requirements

For additional required admission documents please see program website or view list of requirements in the graduate application portal. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.