48 months
72196 USD/year
36008 USD/year
19314 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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When you open your own optometry practice, you're both an eye doctor and an entrepreneur—and you need a keen understanding of business in order to succeed. In our Business Administration - Optometry program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, we'll give you all the tools you need to make your vision a reality.


The first program of its kind in the nation, Rhe University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Business Administration - Optometry OD/MBA program exposes students to a truly interdisciplinary approach to learning. Here, the fundamental and advanced principles of both optometry and business converge to provide a greater understanding of the business of eye care.

So how do we help you balance two demanding curricula? Flexibility. You see, in optometry, your education will include extensive clinical training, as well as courses in optics, neuroscience, gross anatomy, eye movements, public health optometry, glaucoma, pediatric optometry, contact lenses, low vision rehabilitation, binocular vision, and more. Your business courses will include Strategic Management, Accounting and Finance for Managers, Information Technology and Business Strategy, and Marketing Strategy.

 If at all possible, we'll want you to start your MBA courses the summer before you begin the optometry program, but we do have degree plans available if you start your business classes after your eye care classes. It all boils down to this—earning both of your degrees is possible and important if you are interested in starting your own optometry practice.

Fast Facts:

  • UAB's OD/MBA program is the first of its kind in the nation.
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry is among the top optometry schools in the nation. The Collat School of Business ranks as one of the nation's best undergraduate business programs, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report.

Programme Structure


  • Accounting and Finance for Managers
  • Management and Organizations
  • Economics for Managers
  • Quantitative Analysis for Business Managers
  • Strategic Cost Analysis and Decision Making
  • Information Technology and Business Strategy
  • Topics in Corporate Finance

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus, Blended

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

Completed application including:

  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three references
  • Test Scores (OAT scores can be accepted in lieu of GMAT)
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    72196 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 36098 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    36008 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18004 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • In-State

    19314 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9657 USD per semester during 48 months.

Living costs for Birmingham

1019 - 1648 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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