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Master of Science in Vision Science

The Master of Science in Vision Science prepares students to embark on a career in teaching and/or research in the basic or clinical science of vision. Students accepted into the program must be enrolled at SCCO at MBKU in the professional optometry program, hold a Doctor of Optometry or Doctor of Medicine degree, or hold a bachelor’s degree from a university in the U.S. or Canada.

The need for new knowledge in the vision sciences is great; teaching and research opportunities are numerous in a spectrum of academic, industrial and professional settings. Although the program has sufficient structure to provide a broad foundation of scientific knowledge of vision systems, it is at the same time appropriately flexible to permit candidates to develop expertise in areas of special interest.

There are five tracks currently offered.

  1. A concurrent program for students currently applying to or enrolled in the SCCO Doctor of Optometry program. 
  2. Stand-alone full-time two-year program for students with an earned Doctor of Optometry degree. 
  3. Stand-alone full-time program for students with an earned bachelor’s degree. 
  4. Combined two-year Master of Science and residency program. 
  5. Part-time program for individuals already holding a Doctor of Optometry degree. 

All of these tracks incorporate the development and presentation of seminars and formal lectures in specific courses to develop the candidates’ educational skills. The Master of Science in Vision Science tracks require the equivalent of two years full-time study, including 20 quarter credit hours for core and elective didactic course work, as well as a minimum of 40 credit hours of research, culminating in a written thesis.