How to Apply | Vision Science

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Every year, the Vision Science MS Program welcomes admission applications from students keen on the value of vision research. If you are considering a career in vision science, you are encouraged to apply. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Online application will be available in the near future. For now, please submit all your application materials by surface mail before the deadlines specified below.

Application Deadlines

Deadline for General MS application: March 31, 2015 (new deadline!)

General application are usually received from September 1 to March 15. To accommodate applications for our newly accredited PhD in Vision Science Program, this year (2015) the deadline for general applications to both MS and PhD programs is extended to March 31, 2015. Early application will be reviewed and an interview will be arranged within one month upon receiving the application documents. 

The Vision Science Graduate Committee may choose to accept applications at other time.

Deadlines for OD/MS concurrent degree application

  • Dec. 1 for the current second-year OD students
  • April 1 for the current first-year OD students

Students who are currently enrolled in Pacific University Doctor of Optometry Program can apply for the dual OD/MS degrees, with discounted tuition for the second degree enrolled. The preferred application deadlines are scheduled to allow OD/MS students to graduate with both OD and MS in VS degrees concurrently. If currently enrolled in our OD program, applicant can also apply after the above preferred deadlines; however, it may not be plausible to receive the MS degree concurrently with your OD degree.

Application for post-OD MS Program: Open now

    • Applicants with an OD degree from an ACOE accredited optometry program may receive the MS degree with one year of study. Application is open year round. Please contact Dr. Yu-Chi Tai for details.  

    Required Application Materials

    To be eligible for consideration by the Vision Science MS Program Committee, your application and all accompanying materials must be received no later than the above deadlines to be considered.

    Applicants from an institute with MOU or special arrangements established with Pacific University College of Optometry should contact the program director, Dr. Yu-Chi Tai, for details. 

    For all other applicants, your application package should include the following items:

    • A completed Vision Science Graduate Program Application Form (fillable pdf)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Two letters of recommendation, at least one from a class instructor
      • Letters should be written on official letterhead with signature of the recommender
      • Letters can be sent in two ways:
        • Provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope to each individual who provides you a recommendation. Ask each to enclose the letter of recommendation in the envelope, sign it across the seal, and return the envelope to you. Include these envelopes, with seals unbroken and the signatures intact, with your other application materials.
        • Recommender(s) can submit a signed letter of recommendation on official letter as an email attachment sent directly from the recommender to the Office of Graduate Admission at gradadmissions@pacificu.edu.
    • An application essay
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
      • Waived if the applicant is a current student or alumnus of Pacific University College of Optometry
    • Prerequisite worksheet (included in the application form page 7)
      • Please fill the Prerequisite Worksheet on the application form based on your final official transcript
      • Exempted for applicants with one of the following conditions
        • With a bachelor degree or higher in Optometry or related clinical field
        • A current student or alumnus of Pacific University College of Optometry
      • For all other applicants:
        • Carefully follow the Prerequisite Worksheet on the application form based on your final official transcript.
        • All coursework must be completed within the last 7 years or planned to be completed before the program starts in the fall semester of the same year.
    • Proof of English proficiency
      • Required for all applicants whose native language is not English
      • Conditional admission may be given without report of English proficiency, but requirement of English proficiency must be met before matriculation into the program
      • May be satisfied by meeting one of the following conditions:
        • Have a bachelor or a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or from countries where English is both the only official language of the country and the language of instruction.
        • Have official documentation from the institution verifying that the applicant's undergraduate degree is from an institution where all instruction is in English. The undergraduate degree must be equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree.
        • Meet the minimal requirement on a standardized English Language Proficiency Test listed on admission requirements
    • For Post-OD application
      • Applied only if you have an OD degree from an ACOE accredited optometry college and are interested in the one-year post-OD MS program;
      • You must meet the following conditions:
        • With cumulative grade point average (GPA) 3.0 or better from your OD program
        • Qualified for Oregon OD license
      • Please submit the course catalog/class syllabi for your OD program
    •  Application fee (US$40)
      • Waived for applicants of current students or alumni of Pacific University College of Optometry
    • International Credentials Evaluation
      • For applicants of graduates of international college and universities only
      • Please arrange for the evaluation received by the application deadline to facilitate the review process
      • Course description, course syllabi and/or a course catalog may be requested on a case by case basis
    • Interview
      • After initial review of completed application, the Vision Science Graduate Committee may contact the promising candidates for a interview through video-conference interface (e.g., Skype)

    The Vision Science Graduate Committee will make the final decisions on other waiver and conditions of any application requirements.