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M.S. in Photonics Mission Statement

“ The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel. ”
- John Glenn
The mission of the M.S. degree in Photonics is to respond to the growing demand for qualified workers in the field of Photonics and adjacent disciplines, as well as to the expectation of students that an advanced college education will lead to rewarding professional careers. Multiple employer surveys point to a wide gap between the set of skills possessed by college graduates and those sought by employers. The professional training appropriate for industrial employers is not provided by the current academic curricula of traditional science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. The Master of Science in Photonics degree offered by the QC Physics department is an innovative program developed to fill this gap. This program, which includes extensive lab work, additional business courses, industrial internships, and team projects, provides students with rigorous academic training with an emphasis in photonics and with additional skills in preparation for future employment. Developed in close collaboration with program's Industrial Advisory Board that includes representatives of companies of different sizes – from small start-ups to multinational corporations, it has been certified by the Council of Graduate Schools as a Professional Science Master's (PSM) program. This cetification confirms that the design of the program corresponds to its main objective, which is to prepare students for immediate employment in the rapidly growing photnics related sector of economy.