Admission to UNM and the Program

Optical Science and Engineering (OSE)
University of New Mexico
1313 Goddard, SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 (USA)
Attn: Doris Williams, OSE Program Advisor

SemesterDomestic with TA/GADomestic without TA/GAInternational
FallJanuary 31st (Fall 2020 extension)May 1stJanuary 31st (Fall 2020 extension)
SpringAugust 1stOctober 1stAugust 1st

Required Documents

Application Form: To apply to OSE online, select Interdisciplinary Programs and then choose Optical Science and Engineering (OSE/OPEN). The major code for Optical Science and Engineering is: OPEN

The online application allows you to do the following:

  • Fill out the UNM online application
  • Make Letters of Recommendation Request (At least three references are required)
  • Upload Letter of Intent/Personal Statement
  • Upload Resume/CV

Domestic and International Applicants:Apply online here

Application Fee: Non-refundable application fee made payable to the University of New Mexico. The application fee can be paid by personal check, International Postal Money Order, Travelers Check(s), or by a certified Check drawn on a US bank. Applications will not be reviewed until the fee is received. You may also pay online through the online admissions process.

Transcripts/Academic Records: One copy of your academic record from each college and university that you have attended is required. All documents submitted in support of your application must be official and must bear the original seal, stamp, or signature of the institution's designated administrator. If the documents are in a language other than English, an official certified English translation must be submitted along with each original record. It is important that all students answer and comply with all records requests made by UNM International Admissions Office.

GRE: The General GRE is required. The subject (Physics) is encouraged but cannot replace the General GRE. The Institution Code Is: 4845.

English Proficiency: If English is not your first language, you must take either the TOEFL, the IELTS, or Cambridge CPE or CAE. The minimum score on the TOEFL is at least 530 ( 213 on the computerized test, or 79 on the Internet-based test). The minimum score for the IELTS is 6.5; and for the Cambridge CPE or CAE is a C. Official test results must be sent directly to the University of New Mexico. International students seeking graduate teaching assistantships, and whose native language is not English, may also be required to submit an acceptable score on the Test of Spoken English. Students who have received a bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited institution in the United States, English-speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, or New Zealand are exempt from submitting TOEFL scores. The Institution Code Is: 4845.

For more information on English Proficiency, please visit the Center for English Language and American Culture (CELAC).