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Physiological Optics - Vision Science

University of Houston

12 months
9432 USD/year
9432 USD/year
3336 USD/year
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The Physiological Optics - Vision Science program of the University of Houston confers an MS and/or PhD degree and prepares students to embark on a career in teaching and/or research in the basic or clinical science of vision.


Students are accepted into the program with a minimum of a BS degree (or the equivalent) from a variety of fields such as optometry, physiological optics, vision sciences, medicine, ophthalmology, structural and functional biosciences, neuroscience, psychology, optics, bioengineering, and biophysics.

The need for new knowledge in the vision sciences is great, and teaching and research opportunities are numerous in a spectrum of academic, industrial, and professional settings. Although the Physiological Optics - Vision Science program of the University of Houston has sufficient structure to provide a broad base of scientific knowledge about vision systems, it is at the same time appropriately flexible to permit students to develop expertise in areas of special interest. Students will join the labs of faculty mentors who are studying normal and abnormal visual processes, diseases and disorders of the eye, visual optics, the visual pathways, eye movement control systems, and the development of treatments to prevent loss of vision using a variety of approaches ranging from molecular and cellular, to behavioral and optical.

Master of Science

The Master of Science (MS) track requires about two years of study, including 30 semester hours of coursework and research, teaching experience, and a research project with a written thesis. The thesis committee must consist of a minimum of three faculty members, at least two of which are from within the graduate program; one member may be external to the program, from academia or industry, and is approved by the graduate program. Acceptance into the full-time MS program is often accompanied by program financial support, teaching or research assistantships. A combined OD/MS program is also offered. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Vision Science
  • Pathophysiology of the Anterior and Posterior Segments
  • Visual Neuroscience
  • Optics and the Eye
  • Professional Development for Vision Scientists
  • Optical Sensing & Biophotonics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) or an undergraduate Engineering degree from an accredited academic or professional institution comparable to the degrees awarded at the University of Houston in biological or physical sciences and engineering, or a BS or doctorate (or equivalent) degree in optometry or medicine
  • Sufficient training to undertake graduate level study in physiological optics/vision sciences
  • GPA of B (3.00) or above in all previous college-level or higher work with particular attention being given to science courses
  • Completed Application
  • Official Transcripts
  • Three Recommendation Letters and Form
  • Personal Statement of Purpose explaining why you want to join the specific graduate program
  • GRE requirement is waived, submission of scores is optional: GRE (≥300 V+M to be competitive) 
  • Curriculum Vitae /Resume
  • Signed Letter of Understanding
  • Letter of Financial Backing or statement that student can enroll with financial support
  • Test of English Proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9432 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4716 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    9432 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4716 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    3336 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1668 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Houston

1067 - 1950 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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