Degree Requirements | PhD in Vision Science

To receive a PhD in Vision Science, students must satisfy the following requirements. Students are encouraged to publish papers and present research at conferences, which is essential for achieving their professional goals. 

  1. Fulfill course requirements with satisfactory performance: The minimum credit requirements vary based on students' backgrounds. Additional coursework may be deemed necessary by the VSG Committee and the student's advisor. 
  2. Conducting an early research project: This can be satisfied with a committee-approved master's thesis or a peer-reviewed research publication. 
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in research skills as evidenced by passing the Laboratory Study course.
  4. Pass the written and oral comprehensive knowledge examination in four topical areas of vision science.
  5. Pass the Ph.D. Dissertation Proposal ExamPresent the dissertation proposal for the PhD qualification Exam, and obtain approval from the dissertation advisor and the research committee before data collection. 
  6. Successfully present and defend the Ph.D. Dissertation Project in public, and deposit it to Pacific University Library CommonKnowledge.