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.

Admissions Information

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How to Apply

The Master of Science in Vision Science (MSVS) program 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.

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.

Students are accepted into the MS in Vision Science program with a minimum of a bachelor of science (or the equivalent). The MSVS 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 MS in Vision Science degree requirements include five semesters of designated coursework and a written thesis based upon original research. It usually takes about two years of study. 

Students who have earned a doctor of optometry degree from an accredited program in the past five years or who are studying in Pacific's OD program may take an abbreviated course of study to complete the MSVS in one year.

Graduates of the MS in Vision Science 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 PhD, or as a clinical-trial research consultant for research institutes as well as private sectors.

The College of Optometry's vision science graduate program also offers a PhD degree.

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

Contact Us

For OD/MS concurrent degree application or applicants currently enrolled in the Pacific University College of Optometry program, please contact:

Yu-Chi Tai | Director, Vision Science Graduate Programs
Jefferson Hall 322H | 503-352-2289 |

Estelle Wang | Coordinator, Vision Science Graduate Programs 
Jefferson Hall 322C | 503-352-2884 |

For other applicants, please contact our admissions team: