How to Apply | PhD in Vision Science

Application materials vary by pathway. Your complete application must be received no later than the application deadlines to be eligible for admission consideration by the Vision Science Graduate Committee.

Application pathways:

General application | Current OD or MS Students| Application under MOU

 General application

Application Deadlines:

The application for Fall 2023 enrollment will open on September 15, 2022.

  1. Early application deadline: January 15
  2. General application deadline: March 15

Application Materials:

  1. Online Application Form
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Personal Essay
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation
  5. Official Transcripts
  6. Prerequisite Requirements
  7. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Report
  8. Proof of English Proficiency
  9. Application Fee: US$40


Application from Current OD or MS Students 

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall semester: December 1
  • Spring semesters: March 15

Application materials: 

  1. Application Form for current OD or MS students 
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. One Letter of Recommendation (from an Optometry faculty)
  4. Personal Essay
  5. An(unofficial) copy of the latest OD or MS transcript with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better

*Application fee, College transcripts, Prerequisite requirements, GRE report, and Proof of English proficiency are waived.


Application Under MOU 

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.


Detailed instructions on application documents:

  • Personal Essay: Describe what inspires your decision for application, career goal, and research interests in vision science.
  • Letters of Recommendation: We require 2 letters from persons who have supervised your research or academic work. At least one letter must be from a professor who taught you in college. Your recommenders will also need to fill out an Applicant Evaluation Form provided by Pacific University.
  • Official Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges and universities you attended should be submitted via the online application. Applicants with degrees from non-US accredited schools must submit the official credentials evaluations report. (list of evaluation agencies)
  • Pre-requisites
  • GRE Exam
  • English Language Proficiency