Who Should Apply | Vision Science (MS)

The degree is open to applicants who have completed or are on track to meet the equivalent of a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution and fulfill all of the admissions requirements.

Those with Bachelor's Degrees

People with a BS degree and interested in vision science or vision health. The Master of Science in Vision Science program will most likely interest those trained in optometry, biology, psychology, physics, computer science, or a related field. It may also appeal to aspiring to be leaders in patient care, academic, or industrial setting. The enhanced education and research skills will prepare the individual for success in those environments. The study length is generally two years (five semesters).

Those with an OD Degree or currently in an OD Program

  • Current students of Pacific University College of Optometry
    • Students may pursue OD and MS degrees concurrently. The best application time is the Spring semester of the first year of OD study.
  • Graduates of an ACOE accredited professional optometry degree program
    • Students with an OD degree may complete all degree requirements within one year (three semesters) of stud

Both the OD/MS concurrent degree program and the post-OD graduate program help bridge the gap between scientific research and clinical practice and make one a better clinician and researcher.

Vision Science Career Paths and Prospects

Vision science is foundational for the profession of optometry and also permeates many other fields. The MSVS program provides advanced education in vision science to prepare students for career success in health care, academic and industrial settings. Students will be equipped to be professional vision scientists through enhanced knowledge of the visual system and solid training in designing, conducting, and evaluating vision research.

Following the completion of the program, graduates will find themselves well-prepared to take on career paths such as:

  • Teaching and conducting research in an academic setting, particularly for those who wish to pursue higher degrees in the field of vision science
  • Acting as a consultant or research advocate for clinic research
  • Working in the industry to develop or evaluate new products, clinic tools, or ergonomic devices (e.g., contact lenses, optical lenses, clinical measuring equipment, etc.)
  • Working with electronic display companies or the entertainment industry to develop visual display devices, design visual stimuli and graphics, create video games or visual learning materials and a comfortable viewing environment, etc.
  • Working in government sectors, particularly in the development of public health and occupational policies or regulations regarding vision in the workplace and quality of life

Program Brochures

MSVS Brochure in English (pdf) Chinese-traditional (pdf) | Chinese-simplified (pdf) | Japanese (pdf) | Korean (pdf)