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Physiological Optics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #201 (ARWU) Houston, TX, United States
The Graduate Program in Physiological Optics/Vision Science is structured to provide a broad base of scientific knowledge about both human and animal visual systems.

Overview

The program is 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 and visual pathways and the development of treatments to prevent loss of vision using a variety of approaches ranging from molecular and cellular, to behavioral and optical.  Thirty-one faculty members with diverse academic backgrounds and scientific interests participate in the program, which currently has 40 graduate students.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Vision Science Core-Part 1
  • Visual Neuroscience
  • Experimental Quantification in Visual Sciences

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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    6.5

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    79

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    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • Sufficient training to undertake graduate level study in physiological optics/vision sciences
  • A grade point average of B (3.00) or above in all previous college-level or higher work with particular attention being given to science courses
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test (details are below in Required Materials)
  • Satisfactory evaluation and recommendation by three teachers or others familiar with the applicant’s scholarship and research potential
  • Proficiency in speaking and writing English (details are below in Required Materials)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1127 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1127 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    612 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 612 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Houston

  • 1067 - 1950 USD/month
    Living Costs

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