Coursework | Vision Science (MS)

The MS program is designed to be completed in 5 semesters/terms. Full-time students need to take 9 credits or more in the fall and spring semesters. International students need to maintain full-time status during their study time. Please consult with the Office of International Programs if there are any concerns.

The Master’s curriculum consists of coursework in the following six categories. Students with a bachelor’s degree in Optometry should complete 41.5 credits from the six categories listed below. OD/MS or post-OD students from an ACOE-accredited optometry program may satisfy some coursework with relevant course credits from their OD program. Students with other backgrounds may require additional coursework, as listed in this catalog or determined by the VSG Committee and the student’s academic adviser.

The Master’s curriculum consists of coursework in the following six categories.

  • Vision Science Core courses: 15.5 credits
  • Vision Science Seminars: 9.0 credits
  • Basic Research skills: 8.0 credits
  • Clinical Skills: 1.0 credit
  • Master’s Research Work: 7.0 credits
  • Elective Courses: 1.0 credit

Total: 41.5 credits

Vision Science Core Courses: 15.5 credits

Ocular Anatomy: 8.5 credits

Ocular Disease: 2.0 credits

Ocular Motility: 1.0 credit

Optics: 4.0 credits or more

  • Students with a BS-Optometry degree should take 4.0 credits of Optics courses in one of the two ways:

1)  VSC 514 - Clinical Optics 4.0 credits, or

2)  VSC 515 - Visual Optics I 2.0 credits and VSC 516 - Visual Optics II 2 credits

Vision Science Seminars: 9.0 credits

  1. VSC 811 - Advanced Seminar in Vision & Optics 3.0 credits 
  2. VSC 821 - Adv Sem in Ocular Anatomy & Physio 3.0 credits
  3. VSC 831 - Adv Sem in Eye Diseases & Public Health 3.0 credits, or VSC 833 - Advanced Seminar in Health Policy & Eye Disease I 1.5 credits and VSC 834 - Advanced Seminar in Health Policy & Eye Disease II 1.5 credits
  4. VSC 841 - Adv Sem in Ocular Func & Vis Perf 3.0 credits

Basic Research Skills: 8.0 credits

Clinical Skills:1 credit

Master’s Research Work: 7.0 credits

Elective: 1 credit

After the thesis requirement has been met, the elective requirement can be met with an additional credit in VSC 791 - Thesis Research, VSC 756 - Independent Study, or other courses offered in the College of Optometry except VSC 701, VSC 760, VSC 998, VSC 999, or any courses listed under Vision Science Core Courses. OD/MS students cannot apply credits used for the OD electives to the MS elective requirement.

Special Courses

With approval from the program director, Students may take VSC 760, VSC 998, and VSC 999. Credits earned from these courses are not counted toward the degree requirement.