We present a theoretical study on the effects of intense laser field (ILF) and static electric field on the linear and nonlinear optical properties of a cylindrical quantum dot with Rosen-Morse axial potential under the framework of effective mass and parabolic band approximations. This study also takes into account the effects of the structure parameters (η, V 1, and R). The analytical expressions of the linear, third-order nonlinear and total optical absorption coefficients (TOACs) and the relative refractive index changes (RRICs) are obtained by using the compact-density-matrix approach. The results of numerical calculations show that the resonant peak position of the TOACs and RRICs shifts towards lower energies and the magnitude of the peak increases with the effect of the static electric field and ILF. In addition, it is observed that while the resonant energies of the TOACs and RRICs of system shift towards the higher (lower) energies with the enhancement of η, V 1, they decrease with the augmentation of R. Thus, the findings of this study show that the optical properties of the structure can be adjusted by changing the magnitude of structure parameters and applied external fields.