Student Learning Outcomes | Vision Science (MS)

The mission of the Vision Science Graduate Program is to provide opportunities for graduate students to: (1) advance knowledge in vision science, (2) develop research expertise in advanced experimental approaches and state-of-the-art research skills, (3) gain empirical experience in knowledge dissemination through scientific writing and research presentations, and (4) prepare for careers in academic institutions, governmental research/regulation sectors, or private corporations.

Through intense coursework and empirical research work, the MS students are expected to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge in the general field of vision science and in the individual's specialized topical area(s).
  2. Write IRB research proposals.
  3. Conduct original research or complete comprehensive literature review in the area of the individual's focus.
  4. Demonstrate capibility and fluency in study design, data gathering, and data analysis.
  5. Produce an original written research thesis of high quality, successfully defend it orally.
Student learning outcomes will be assessed in the following way:
  1. A candidate needs to fulfill all course requirement, including elective courses of selected expertise area, with satisfactory performance1.
  2. A candidate is required to submit a thesis proposal2 for IRB review, when applicable, and successfully obtain approval by thesis advisor3 and committee4 as well as IRB committee (Pacific University). 
  3. A candidate will complete an original research or a comprehensive review paper and successfully defend in front of the thesis advisor3 and committeeto fulfill the thesis requirement.
  4. The thesis proposal including proposed research design, methodology and data analysis will be evaluated by the thesis advisorand committee4.
  5. The candidate will successfully present the completed dissertation orally as well as in its written form to the thesis advisor and committee for the final defense5.


  1. Pacific catalog 2016-17 (p.451, section of “Academic Standard”)
  2. Pacific Catalog 2016-17 (p.449, section of “Thesis Proposal”)
  3. Pacific Catalog 2016-17 (p.449,."Academic Advisor and Thesis Advisor of the Dissertation Proposal”)
  4. Pacific Catalog 2016-17 (p.449, section of “Thesis Committee”)
  5. Pacific Catalog 2016-17 (p.449, section of “Thesis Defense")