MEng in Photonics

The Master of Engineering (MEng) program in Photonics is designed to prepare students for technically demanding careers in industry as well as for post-master’s graduate studies in photonics or related fields. More specifically:

  • It allows students to take 32 credits of advanced engineering courses of structured and rigorous content in preparation for careers in industry as well as entry into PhD programs in photonics and related areas.
  • It requires students to build depth in a photonics specialization, selected from areas such as lasers and applications, photonics materials and devices, and fiber optics and optical communications.
  • It affords students the opportunity to flexibly choose graduate electives to explore a breadth of technical or professional interests within—or outside—engineering. For example, permissible graduate electives for the MEng program include courses in project management, entrepreneurship, and leadership.
  • As opposed to the MS in Photonics, it does not require you to perform independent research as part of the degree program; this may be attractive to you (a) if you have prior research experience, (b) if you prefer to postpone your research training to a post-master’s program, or (c) if you are not interested in a research-intensive career.
  • It has a practicum requirement that is satisfied by taking a 4-credit course (Directed Team Project) or by taking two project-intensive courses.

Admission to the MEng degree in Photonics is based on the same stringent academic standards as the MS degree in Photonics with regard to standardized tests, Undergraduate GPA, and Undergraduate coursework preparation.


The MEng Curriculum requires completion of 32 graduate-level credits, while satisfying a specialization requirement and a practicum requirement. The remaining credits can be selected from a broad range of graduate electives. The credits of a course can only be used to fulfill the MEng requirements if the student receives a grade of C or better in the course. Student should also maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 across all graduate level courses taken while enrolled in the MEng program.

The specialization requirement is met by taking four structured graduate courses from a specialization. Students with appropriate prerequisites may petition to use two 700-level courses to meet the specialization requirement.

The graduate electives can be ECE graduate courses, non-ECE ENG graduate courses or approved CAS graduate courses in scientific/technical areas. You must obtain a grade of C or better in each graduate elective. Graduate electives may include at most 4 credits of courses at the 900 level. MEng students may also explore graduate electives that embrace technical project management, entrepreneurship, or leadership development. Please consult the ECE Department for a listing of such courses that are acceptable as MEng Graduate Electives.

MEng Specialization Areas in Photonics

The course listings for the various MEng specialization areas in Photonics are the same as those listed elsewhere in this Bulletin for the MS specialization areas in Photonics. Please consult the ECE Department for the most current updates to those listings.