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OD/PhD Dual Degree Program: Application Instructions

Applying with Doctor of Optometry Application

When applying for entry to the OD/PhD Dual Degree Program, you must apply to NECO first. If the NECO graduate program and admissions committees recommend your application, your name is forwarded to the admissions committee at Boston University.

After you have been notified that the NECO committees have recommended you for admission, you file an application for admission to the PhD program at Boston University.

A completed application to the OD/PhD Dual Degree Program consists of:

1. A Completed Doctor of Optometry Application

The application for the Doctor of Optometry Program must be submitted by October 1 of the year preceding your desired matriculation date for the OD program, through http://www.optomcas.org/.

2. A Completed Graduate Programs Application

The Graduate Programs Dual Degree Application Form is a three-page form that may be downloaded, filled out, signed and sent to the College. Most of the questions on the form are self-explanatory. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please read these detailed instructions for completing your Graduate Programs application:

  • In addition to the transcripts submitted via OptomCAS, transcripts for the Graduate Programs Application also must be submitted directly to the College. Transcripts and all other application-related materials must be sent directly from all colleges to the Office of Admissions at the New England College of Optometry, attention: Audrey Burgess. Transcripts enclosed in the application (even if sealed by a registrar) are not acceptable.
  • The dual degree programs require that the Optometry Admissions Test be taken before an application is considered complete. Please indicate in the space provided on the Graduate Programs application the date that the examinations were taken and the scores, if available. Official transcripts of test scores must be received by the Office of Admissions before matriculation can take place.
  • Letters of recommendation from professionals and faculty members who are familiar with your work and specifically addressing your potential as a researcher should be addressed to the Director of Graduate Studies and sent directly to the Office of Admissions at the New England College of Optometry, attention: Audrey Burgess.
  • Canadian students should enter a social insurance number in place of a social security number. Foreign nationals, please provide residency status.
  • Optional questions are for statistical purposes only and are not factors in the acceptance decision.

3. A Completed Boston University Application

The Boston University PhD application is completed and submitted after you receive a positive recommendation from NECO’s graduate and admissions committees.

Applying as a First Year NECO Student

After your graduate programs application form has been submitted, the NECO graduate and admissions committees will review your application and make a recommendation regarding admission. Your name is then forwarded to the admissions committee at Boston University along with the NECO committees’ recommendation.

After you have received notification that the NECO committees have rendered a recommendation regarding your admission, you are able to file an application for admission to a PhD program at Boston University.

A completed application to the OD/PhD Dual Degree Program consists of:

1. A Completed Graduate Programs Dual Degree Application

The graduate programs dual degree application form is a three-page form that may be downloaded, completed, signed, and returned by email, fax, or mail. Most of the questions on the form are self-explanatory. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please read these detailed instructions for completing your Graduate Programs application:

  • Transcripts and OAT scores may be released through the NECO Registrar’s Office.
  • Letters of recommendation from professionals and faculty members who are familiar with your work and specifically addressing your potential as a researcher should be addressed to the Director of Graduate Studies and sent directly to the Office of Admissions at the New England College of Optometry, attention: Audrey Burgess.
  • Canadian students should enter a social insurance number in place of a social security number. Foreign nationals, please provide residency status.
  • Optional questions are for statistical purposes only and are not factors in the acceptance decision.

2. A Completed Boston University Application

The Boston University PhD application is completed and submitted after you receive a positive recommendation from NECO’s graduate and admissions committees.

Summary of Important Dates and Deadlines

Applying as an incoming student:

  • Submission of Four Year OD application by October 1
    OD admission decision by December 15
  • Graduate Application to NECO Admissions by January 15
    Recommendation decision from NECO by February 1
  • Complete the BU online PhD program application by February 15
    Decision from BU by March 31

Applying as a current NECO Student:

  • Submit Graduate Programs application to the NECO Admissions Office by January 15 during your first year of optometry training.
    Recommendation from NECO by February 1
  • Complete the BU online PhD program application by February 15
    Decision from BU by March 31