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UMass Lowell Offers Fiber-Optics and Photonics Certificate Programs Online


Lowell, Mass.-Whether looking to shift careers or just understand the ins and outs of fiber optics, UMass Lowell's new online graduate certificate in Photonics and Optoelectronics offers a convenient solution. UMass Lowell Online Learning, the largest online course provider in New England, allows students to earn a degree or certificate from their home or office computers at their convenience using the web, email, online chat, and other Internet-based resources.

Knowledge of optics is valued in many diverse fields ranging from communications to medicine. The Photonics & Optoelectronics Graduate Certificate provides a fundamental overview of electro-optics and fiber optics in data rates and the opportunity to specialize in fiber optics, medical optics, device physics, and remote sensing/image processing. Four courses compose the graduate certificate, one required course being offered this semester, "Electro-optics and Fiber Optics," and three electives including "Fiber Optic Communications and Networks," also being offered this semester. Two undergraduate courses offered this spring, "Introduction to Fiber Optics" and "Introduction to Optical Systems," can be applied to the undergraduate certificate program, also available online. Classes start January 23rd, but students can register through February 1st and pay no late fees.

UMass Lowell Online Learning, part of the Division of Continuing Studies, Corporate and Distance Education, is the largest online program in New England offering more than 90 courses each semester in a wide variety of disciplines. Complete degree programs in Educational Administration, Information Technology, and Liberal Arts, as well as nine certificates, can be earned online. For more information or a course catalog call 800-480-3190 or visit

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