How to Apply | PhD in Vision Science

General application | Current OD or MS Students

Application Deadlines

  • Early application deadline: January 15
  • General application deadline: March 15

 General application

The following items should be arranged to be uploaded to our online application system:

  • A completed Vision Science Graduate Program Online Application 
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Application essay
  • Two letters of recommendation and Applicant Evaluation Forms
    • At least one reference letter must be from a class instructor.
    • Please obtain an email address for contact from your recommenders. When applying online, you will be asked to provide their email addresses. Your recommenders will receive an email at the address you provide with instructions for uploading their letters.
  • Applicant Evaluation Form.
    • The online application system will also ask your recommenders to fill out the Applicant Evaluation Form as part of their evaluation of your qualification.
  • $40 application fee
    • waived for current students and alumni of the Pacific University College of Optometry
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Transcripts are waived for current students and alumni of the Pacific University College of Optometry.
    • Applicants with OD degree from other ACOE-accredited optometry programs should submit the official transcripts (with cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better) along with course catalog to be considered for credit transfer.
    • Applications with foreign (non-US or -Canadian) transcripts should arrange to have their official transcripts sent through an International Credentials Evaluation agency.
      • Contact the International Credentials Evaluation agency service as early as possible. The services may take several weeks to process your foreign transcript once it’s received.)
      • Click here for a list of suggested international credential evaluation agencies.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (Learn more about GRE).
  • Proof of English proficiency (Learn more about English proficiency).

Application from Current OD or MS Students & Application Deadlines

The following items should be completed and mailed to the Graduate Admissions Office:

  • A completed Vision Science Graduate Program OD/MS Application Form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Application essay
  • One letter of recommendation from a class instructor
    • Reference letters should be sent from the recommender directly to the Graduate Admissions Office by surface mail or by email (gradadmissions@pacificu.edu).