How to Apply | Vision Science (MS)

Application materials vary by pathways. To be eligible for admission consideration by the Vision Science Graduate Committee, your complete application must be received no later than the application deadlines.

Application pathways:

Traditional MS

  • Online Vision Science Graduate Program Application form
  • Application fee: US$40.00
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • At least one letter must be from a class instructor
    • In addition to the letter, your recommenders also need to fill the Applicant Evaluation Form. 
  • An application essay
    • explaining the purpose for applying for the program
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Transcripts from institutes outside of the US or Canada need to be evaluated by an international credentials evaluation agency (list of evaluation agency)
  • Prerequisite requirements  (see the Unofficial Prerequisite Worksheet form; waived for applicants with a BS-Optometry degree)
    • General Biology: a standard two-semester course or the quarter system equivalent of one year of study
    • General Physics: a standard two-semester course or the quarter system equivalent of one year of study. Need not be calculus based.
    • Chemistry: a standard two-semester course or the quarter system equivalent of one year of study
    • Mathematics: a standard one-semester (3-semester credits or 4 quarter credits) course in analytic geometry or calculus.
    • Statistics: a standard one-semester (3-semester credits or 4 quarter credits) of statistics study from Department of Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology or Statistics. A biostatistics course is acceptable. Courses from Business and Economics Departments will not meet this requirement.
  • Proof of English proficiency
    • Required for non-native English speakers
    • Conditional admission may be given without report of English proficiency, but the requirement of English proficiency must be met before matriculation into the program.
    • May be satisfied by meeting one of the following conditions:
      • With a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States, or from an institute where English is the only language of instruction (must be verified by the institute with an official documentation).
      • Minimum acceptable official score on a qualifying English Language test:
        • A satisfactory TOEFL score administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) or Pacific University English Language Institute (ELI) within two years:
          • Paper-based: 550 or better overall
          • Computer-based: 213 or better overall
          • Internet-based: 80 or better overall
        • A satisfactory IELTS score (6.5 or better overall) taken in the last two years

     

    OD/MS Concurrent Pathway

    Students who are currently enrolled in Pacific University OD Program can apply for the OD/MS concurrent pathway and take the advantage of the discounted tuition for the MS program. To complete both degrees within the four years of the OD study, students are encouraged to apply early during their 1st or 2nd OD study.

    • Admission criteria:
      • To help students succeed in both programs, applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better from the OD program at the time of enrollment.
    • Application time are given to the current OD students:
      • December 7 in the Fall semester
      • March 15 in the Spring semester
    • Application materials:
      • Complete the OD/MS application form.
      • Curriculum vitae
      • One letters of recommendation from a college faculty
      • An application essay

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

     

    Post-OD Pathway

    • Minimum study time: One year (3 semesters)
    • Applicants must have an OD degree from an ACOE accredited optometry program.
      • With cumulative grade point average (GPA) 3.0 or better from your OD program
      • Qualified for Oregon OD license
    • Application materials:
      • Online Vision Science Graduate Program Application form
      • Application fee: US$40.00 (waived for alumni of Pacific University College of Optometry)
      • Curriculum vitae
      • Two letters of recommendation (at least one letter from a class instructor)
      • An application essay
      • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
        • Transcripts from institutes outside of the US or Canada need to be evaluated by an international credentials evaluation agency (list of agency).
        • the course catalog/class syllabi from your OD program

    *Prerequisite requirements and Proof of English proficiency are waived.

     

     

    Applicants form Institutes with 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.