Vision Science MS Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MSVS program’s degree requirements, students will have the following skills:

  1. Mastery of Knowledge: Graduates will demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of a broad range of topics within vision science, understand the behavioral, physiological, and environmental factors of a visual condition, and be able to apply the learned concepts and skills to empirical research activities and clinical practices.
  2. Critical Thinking: Graduates will demonstrate the ability to assess empirical evidence and statistical outcomes by evaluating the underlying rationale, evidence, and biases in their scientific and clinical applications, form well-reasoned perspectives, and apply the principles of evidence-based medicine to scientific and clinical inquiries.
  3. Mastery of Research Skills: Graduates will demonstrate the ability to identify meaningful research questions through a well-rounded literature review, master the analytical skills to address the research question, and use proper clinical and laboratory methods to collect, analyze, and interpret the data. Graduates will also demonstrate written and oral communication skills sufficient to publish and/or present research work in their field.
  4. Competency in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Graduates will demonstrate the ability to recognize personal and social responsibility for effective citizenship, demonstrate openness to new and diverse perspectives based on differences in areas such as cultural and socioeconomic background, reflect one’s own biases when appropriate, and interact respectfully in various contexts. Graduates can also apply their competency in healthcare and research contexts with diverse populations.