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Optics: Introduction

​​​​​​​Lead Faculty

Arts and Science

Participating Degree Programs

Electrical and Computer Engineering—MASc
Materials Science and Engineering—MASc


The graduate programs listed above participate in the Collaborative Master's Specialization in Optics. The collaborative specialization focuses on the study of optics, photonics, and the interaction of light and matter. Optics is a truly multidisciplinary field, crossing the boundaries between pure and applied science. The collaborative specialization allows students to explore these multidisciplinary aspects.

Students who wish to participate in the collaborative specialization must be admitted to both a master's program in one of the collaborating graduate units mentioned above and the collaborative specialization. Submit an application form, available from the collaborative specialization office (the Institute for Optical Sciences); normal deadlines for application to the School of Graduate Studies apply. Students who have already been admitted to a master's program in a home graduate unit may apply to the collaborative specialization within the first month of their program.

Upon successful completion of the master's degree requirements of the participating home graduate unit and the collaborative specialization, students receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Optics” on their transcript and parchment.

Contact and Address

Telephone: (416) 978-1804
Fax: (416) 978-3936

Collaborative Master's Specialization in Optics
Institute for Optical Sciences
University of Toronto
Suite 331, 60 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A7

Optics: Master's Level

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to an MSc or MASc degree program in one of the four collaborating units.

  • Commitment to make optics or photonics the main focus of study in that program, as stated in the application form for the collaborative specialization.

Specialization Requirements

  • Meet all respective degree requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and the home graduate unit.

  • Successful completion of the collaborative specialization core course IOS 1500H.

  • If a thesis is required by the home graduate unit, its topic must fall in the broad area of optics. A member of the collaborative specialization's faculty must be part of the examination committee.

Optics: Courses

IOS 1500H
Selected Topics in Optics

See also full course listings in the Departments of:
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering