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MS in Vision Science Application

Instructions for Completing the Application

The application process for the MS in Vision Science is handled directly by the Office of Student Affairs at MBKU. Your application will be processed only after all of the required forms and documents are received. An application is not complete until all forms and documents are received. The following forms and documents are submitted for the following applicants:

  1. Completed Application for Admission 
  2. Paid non-refundable processing fee of $75. To pay this fee, please contact Betty Sanchez at or 714.449.7444
  3. Letters of recommendation (sent directly from the reviewer)
  4. 300–500 word Personal Statement regarding your current goals, plans for your professional career, and reasons for selecting a field of study
  5. One copy of the official transcript(s) of all previous college and university work, documenting each course taken and all degrees awarded
  6. Curriculum Vitae or Resume

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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.

If your undergraduate degree was granted by a college outside of the U.S., you must have your transcript evaluated by one of the approved equivalency agencies. Marshall B. Ketchum University requires a course-by-course evaluation. The results must be sent to Marshall B. Ketchum University, Office of Student Affairs, 2575 Yorba Linda Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831. 

Submission Process

An application is not complete until all forms and documents are received. Some documents need to be original versions, for further questions, please contact Betty Sanchez at or 714.449.7444.

Mailing Address for Documents:

Marshall B. Ketchum University
Office of Student Affairs
2575 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831

Post-Submission Process & Interviews

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

Canadian and U.S. Bachelor’s Degree Holders*

United States- and Canadian-trained applicants 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) or OAT. The minimum acceptable GRE score is 300 (see Foreign Applicant section above). The Bachelor’s degree should be in a scientific field of study (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, etc.).

*(Not Optometrist or Physicians)

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.

Admissions Policy

Marshall B. Ketchum University’s Master of Science in Vision Science is committed to the principles of equal opportunity in education. Marshall B. Ketchum University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The Vice President for Student Affairs has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and can be reached at

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, as well as the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, visit the Office for Civil Rights Contact Page or call 1.800.421.3481.