MS Traditional

The Southern California College of Optometry's (SCCO) Master of Science in Vision Science program at Marshall B. Ketchum University seeks to admit students possessing the qualities and motivation necessary for success in clinically applied research. Admission is based on an assessment of both academic and non-academic qualifications including; an application, letters of recommendation, personal statement and the admissions interview.

A stand-alone, traditional MS degree program is available. Applications for the stand-alone MS program are accepted through May and are available to graduates of optometry programs approved by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE). To be considered full time, a student must take a minimum of 8 credit hours per quarter (24/year).

MS Traditional Degree Sample Program

Admissions Requirements

MS Traditional Program

  • Optometry degree transcripts indicating a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for the OD program.
  • A personal statement detailing interests in the MS program and expectations.
  • Two references attesting to the applicant’s analytical or research skills and potential for success in a clinical research program.
  • NBEO scores.
  • US citizenship or legal residency.
  • Foreign applicants should see the section: Admissions MS How To Apply.

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