About Us

The Optics and Photonics Education Directory is a global listing of degree programs, published as a public service by The Optical Society (OSA) and SPIE.

The Optics and Photonics Education Directory is also available in print. To receive a complimentary copy, please send your request to opticsed@spie.org.


OSA - The Optical Society

Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional association in optics and photonics, home to accomplished science, engineering, and business leaders from all over the world. Through world-renowned publications, meetings, and membership programs, OSA provides quality information and inspiring interactions that power achievements in the science of light. For more information, visit www.osa.org.



SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 264,000 constituents from approximately 166 countries, the not-for-profit society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth.  SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. SPIE provided $4 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2014.  For more information, visit www.spie.org.