MS Overview

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The Master of Science in Vision Science (MS) is a research-based graduate degree. Research is a vital part of the ongoing development of the profession and is incorporated into the mission statement of the College. The MS program emphasizes hypothesis-driven research and the development of analytical skills in experimental optometry and vision science.

Each of the four MS program tracks incorporates the development and presentation of seminars and formal lectures in specific courses to develop the students’ skills in scientific presentations. Moreover, all degrees incorporate the design and conduct of an original research project, a written thesis, and defense of the thesis before a graduate committee.

The required coursework taken in the MS degree program provides the student with an in-depth understanding of vision science principles and concepts. The elective coursework further emphasizes the specific sub-discipline that is of interest to the student. The research undertaken in fulfillment of the MS degree provides new knowledge for the profession and trains the student in the conduct of sound research. Thus, the background in the required and elective coursework combined with the research training will prepare the student to enter a career as an educator and/or researcher. This career could be in an academic, institutional, corporate, or clinical setting.

Curriculum Details

MS Degree Requirements

  • Completion of the curriculum requirements.
  • Completion of a minimum of 60 quarter-hours of graduate credit.
  • A cumulative graduate grade point average of at least 3.00.
  • Completion of the Master's research requirement, successful defense of the MS thesis, and submission of a final bound copy of the thesis.

Core Requirements

Core Required Courses for the MS Degree Program

  • BVS 910 Ocular Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)
  • BVS 920 Sensory Neuroscience (4 credits)
  • BVS 940 Visual Optics (4 credits)
  • BVS 950 Sensory Processes and Perception (4 credits)
  • BVS 951 Psychophysical Methods and Experimental Design (4 credits)
  • BVS 900 Special Topics, Individual Studies and Advanced Topics courses in Vision Science are also offered (1 – 4 credits).

To qualify for the MS degree, a student must pass two (2) of the above core courses plus the seminars BVS 952: Ethics in Research (2 credits); BVS 901: Teaching in the Visual Sciences (2 credits); and BVS 902: Biostatistics (2 credits). An additional two (2) elective courses are also required.

Required course total = 20 credits