ADMISSIONS


M.S. How to Apply

Instructions for Completing the Application

The application will be processed only after all forms and documents are received. An application is not complete until the following materials have been received:

  • The Application for Admission (PDF)
  • Pay a non-refundable processing fee of $75. To pay this fee, please contact Betty Sanchez at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 714.449.7446
  • Letters of recommendation as described in the Admission Requirements.
  • A 300–500 word Personal Statement regarding your current goals, plans for your professional career, and reasons for selecting a field of study.
  • One copy of the official transcript(s) of all previous college and university work, documenting each course taken and all degrees awarded.
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume.

Information above should be mailed to: Marshall B. Ketchum University, Office of Student Affairs, 2575 Yorba Linda Blvd., Fullerton, CA. 92831.

Once an application package is complete, it will be forwarded to the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies. The application will be reviewed and the applicant will either be interviewed or advised that their application for admittance has been declined. No application will be considered complete, and no admissions decision will be made, without a personal interview.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Dr. Ridder at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Transcripts

Applicants must submit an official transcript from each college and university attended. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution. Transcripts should be mailed directly by a registrar to the Marshall B. Ketchum University, Office of Student Affairs, 2575 Yorba Linda Blvd., Fullerton, CA. 92831.

Foreign Applicants

Foreign applicants will need to meet specific requirements to be considered. The applicant should have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (out of 4.0) on all previous college level work. These applicants are not eligible for funding (e.g., teaching assistant, research assistant, school grants or aid, etc.) to pursue the MS degree. Interviews are required of all applicants.

  1. Foreign trained applicants will need to have graduated from an Optometry or Medical school that has training comparable to a US Optometry or Medical school. The applicant will need to be a native English speaker or have demonstrated satisfactory command of the English language. All candidates will need to take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) and possibly the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and the TSE (Test of Spoken English). All tests must be taken within two years of applying for the MS program. All foreign applicants will need to provide proof of adequate funds to cover all fees and expenses for the entire graduate program as a condition for the issuing of a visa to enter the US.

        Minimum acceptable test scores:

  • GRE (Taken after August 1, 2011): 300 (Verbal plus Quantitative)
  • GRE (Taken before August 1, 2011): 1100 (Verbal plus Quantitative)
  • TOEFL (Paper based): 550
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 80
  • TSE: 50

An application from a foreign applicant will be processed only after all forms and documents are received. An application is not complete until the following materials have been received:

  • The Application for Admission (PDF)
  • Payment of a non-refundable processing fee of $75. To pay this fee, please contact Betty Sanchez at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 714.449.7446
  • Letters of recommendation as described in the Admission Requirements.
  • A 300–500 word Personal Statement regarding your current goals, plans for your professional career, and reasons for selecting a field of study.
  • One copy of the official transcript(s) of all previous college and university work, documenting each course taken and all degrees awarded.
  • GRE, TOEFL, and TSE scores.

Information above should be mailed to: MBKU Office of Student Affairs, 2575 Yorba Linda Blvd., Fullerton, CA. 92831.

Once an application package is complete, it will be forwarded to the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies. The application will be reviewed and the applicant will either be interviewed or advised that their application for admittance has been declined. No application will be considered complete, and no admissions decision will be made, without a personal interview.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Dr. Ridder at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Canadian and US Bachelor’s Degree Holders (Not Optometrist or Physicians)

United States and Canadian trained individuals that hold a Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply to the MS program. These applicants will need to meet specific requirements to be considered. The applicants should have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (out of 4.0) on all previous college level work. These applicants are not eligible for funding (e.g., teaching assistant, research assistant, school grants or aid, etc.) to pursue the MS degree. Interviews are required of all applicants. Canadians will need to obtain the necessary visa to enter the US.  These candidates will need to take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam). The minimum acceptable GRE score is 300 (test taken after August 1, 2011, see Foreign Applicant section above). The Bachelor’s degree should be in a scientific field of study (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, etc.).

Accuracy of Information

The submission of any false or misleading information of any kind in support of an application for admission to the Graduate program of the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University can result in the permanent cancellation or rescission of admission by the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies. It is the responsibility of the applicant that all information is accurate and complete.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Marshall B. Ketchum University, in accordance with applicable federal and state law and the University’s nondiscrimination policies, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, (including sexual harassment), gender identity, pregnancy/childbirth and medical conditions related thereto, disability, age, medical condition (cancer-related), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran.

Tuition 2013-2014 - MS Program

The tuition for the MS program is equivalent (on a per credit basis) to the OD Program. For the Academic Year 2013/14, the tuition is $950 per credit. Currently, the MS program tuition is waived for the OD/MS candidate.
 

Course Fees - MS Program  
Application Fee / non-refundable $75
Annual Student Association Fee $105
Parking Fee Non-reserved per quarter $36
Diploma/Graduation Fee $100
Late Payment of Tuition Fee $25
Transcripts $20
Verification of Graduation / OD Program $20

Accreditation

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredits the Master of Science program of Marshall B. Ketchum University.



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