M.S. Degree Requirements

 

Degree Requirements

In general, the Vision Science Graduate - MS degree program is designed so that a typical student would require 2 years, or 6 semesters, of study to complete the degree requirements, although post-OD students may complete the requirements in one year, and OD/MS students may complete both degrees concurrently.

To receive the MS degree, you need to complete the following requirements:

 

  • Coursework
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    • Candidates of MS degree need to complete a minimum of 41 semester hours of graduate credit.
    • See the details in the paragraph of "Coursework" listed below and the Curriculum Section for course waiver and grade regulations. 
    • Unless pre-approved by Vision Science Program Committee, a maximum of one quarter of the total course workload may be exempted based on prior satisfactory equivalent course work. At least 30 of the 41 credit hours must be earned at Pacific University. Exemption or substitution of the required courses may be applied after approval from both the student’s advisor and the course instructor(s). Course exemption and substitution does not apply to elective courses.
        • See 'Pre-approved Exempted Courses for Post-OD Students' later in this document.
        • See ‘Pre-approved Substitute Courses for OD/MS Students’ for OD/MS concurrent students.
        • See a list of selective required courses overlapped between OD and MSVS programs can be earned concurrently.
  • Grade:
    • No course in which the grade is below “B” may be counted toward the graduate degree. Any grade of B- or lower is considered substandard.
    • The degree is conferred with distinction upon graduates who have maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the MS curriculum.
  • A written thesis with an oral qualifying examination
    • The original thesis may be completed through a laboratory- or literature-based research project and is carried out under the guidance of the faculty advisor. 
    • The completed written thesis must pass the oral examination of a thesis committee.
    • A file of complete written thesis must turn in to the department.

       

  • Terms of study
    • All work submitted for the Master of Science degree (including transferred credits, dissertation, examination, etc.) must be completed within a period of seven calendar years from date of matriculation.

 

 

Coursework

In order to meet the requirements for the awarding of the M. S. degree, students must complete coursework that closely mirrors the MS program curriculum. In all, students must complete at least 41 semester hours of graduate credits, with 37 required course credits and at least 4 elective credits.

Based on the student's academic background, programs o training, individual areas of interest, and any memorandum of understanding between an academic institute and Pacific University, the MSVS Program may allow exemption or substitution of some required vision science courses, based on previous coursework or professional experiences. However, course exemption or substitution is limited to the required courses and does not apply to elective courses.

Grades and Terms

  • No course in which the grade is below “B” may be counted toward the graduate degree. Any grade of B- or lower is considered substandard.
  • The degree is conferred with distinction upon graduates who have maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the MS curriculum.

 

 

Thesis Requirements

 

Unsatisfactory Progress

 

Other Policies

Full-time and part-time status

  • Five and three credits per semester are considered full- and part-time course loads respectively.

  

Length of study

  • All work required for graduation must be completed within a period of seven years from the date of matriculation.

Institute regulations

  • All regulations and policies related to professional and academic standards described elsewhere in the College of Optometry section of this catalog also pertain to students in the MS Program; however, specific grading criteria expressed in this Vision Science Graduate Program catalog will apply when in conflict with College of Optometry grading policies.  
  • These standards relate to academic performance, course attendance, professional behavior, grades and other matters. Violations of these standards can result in the student being placed on warning or probation, or dismissal from the program.
  • All work submitted for the MS degree (including transferred credits, dissertation, examination, etc.) must be completed within a period of 7 calendar years from date of matriculation.

 

(Last update: Jan/17/2014)