OD/MS Program Overview

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.

Students admitted into the combined OD/MS degree program are chosen from those accepted into the regular four-year Doctor of Optometry program. Students may apply for admission into the OD and MS programs concurrently or Optometry students may apply as late as the winter quarter of their first professional year.

3-Year OD/MS Sample Program

4-Year OD/MS Sample Program

Admissions Requirements

OD/MS Program

  • BA or BS degree.
  • College degree transcripts indicating a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on pre-requisites for the OD program.
  • Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) scores above 300 in each topic area. Application to the Optometry (OD) program is made through OptomCAS. Once accepted to the OD program, the applicant may apply to the MS program directly.
  • Personal statement detailing interests in the MS program and expectations.
  • A minimum of one reference letter from a faculty member at SCCO or at an undergraduate program attesting to the applicant’s analytical or research skills and potential for success in a clinical research program.
  • US citizenship or legal residency.

For detailed information, please visit our How to Apply page to learn more about completing the application, transcripts, tuition, course fees and more.

Course Descriptions

Course Offerings

Core Courses (4 credit hours each)

Special Topics Course Descriptions (1 to 4 credit hours)

Individual study and advanced topics in the vision sciences.

Seminar Courses (2 credit hours each)

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