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Vision Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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Vision science is a broad and growing field. It encompasses numerous disciplines, such as anatomy, physiology, pathology, molecular, cellular, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, optics, psychophysics, eye movements, perception, color vision, engineering, and computational vision, among others.


The Master of Science in Vision Science (MSVS) Program engages students in advanced study and research of the visual system and prepares them for career success in teaching and/or research in academic settings or application in the ophthalmic industry.Faculty of Pacific University College of Optometry have expertise in numerous fields, including contact lenses, optics, ocular disease, binocular vision and learning, sports vision, vision performance, low vision, and neuroanatomy.Students are accepted into the program with a minimum of a bachelor of science (or the equivalent). The MSVS program provides an individual with a comprehensive understanding of vision science, in-depth knowledge in a particular area within the field, and a solid training in vision research methodology.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Geometric & Physical Optics with Lab
  • Anatomy of the Visual System with Lab
  • Graduate Seminar in Vision Science 
  • Research Methodology
  • Vision Research Colloquium

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Completed application form
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution
  • Applicants with an OD degree from an ACOE accredited optometric program are encouraged to apply with emphasis on a chosen specialty area
  • Satisfactory performance (C or higher) on all undergraduate prerequisites
  • Valid proof of English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27952 USD/year
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    Based on the original amount of 27952 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    27952 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27952 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    27952 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27952 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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