Vision Science Graduate Program --

Master of Science in Vision Science (MSVS) degree


General Information

The Vision Science Graduate Program currently offers a Master of Science in Vision Science (MSVS) degree. It engages students in advanced study and research of the visual system, and prepares them for career success in teaching and/or research in academic settings or application in the ophthalmic industry.

Vision science is a broad and growing field. It encompasses numerous disciplines such as anatomy, physiology, pathology, molecular, cellular, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, optics, psychophysics, eye movements, perception, color vision, engineering, and computational vision among others. Faculty of Pacific University College of Optometry have expertise in numerous fields including contact lenses, optics, ocular disease, binocular vision and learning, sports vision, vision performance, low vision, and neuroanatomy among others.

Students are accpeted into the program with a minimum of a Bachelor's degree of Science (or the equivalent). The VSG - MS program provides an individual with a comprehensive understanding of vision science, in depth knowledge in a particular area within the field, and a solid training in vision research methodology. The degree requirements include a minimum of 36 semester hours of coursework and a written thesis based upon original research. It usually takes about two years of study to complete.

Graduates of the VSG - MS program are prepared to embark on a career in basic and/or applied vision research in an academic or ophthalmic industrial setting, continue working toward a Ph.D. degree, or as clinical-trial research consultant for research institutes as well as private sectors.


Contact Us

For additional information and an application packet for the Vision Science Graduate - MS Degree Program, please contact the Graduate Admission Office at 1-800-933-9308 or

Pacific University College of Optometry is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) of the American Optometric Association.


Program Brochure

(Last update: Nov/26/2013)