The MS degree program is designed for candidates who wish to earn the master of science in vision science degree without enrolling in the College’s four year program.
Qualified candidates must have a college level background in science or a professional degree. The MS degree is usually completed in two years.
The MS program features graduate-level courses, seminars, an original research project, and completion of a thesis with a thesis defense. The program is designed to develop the analytical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to be a successful scientist. The program emphasizes research in an area of vision science that is determined by the student’s interests and the expertise of the graduate faculty.
Students accepted into the MS program receive a broad background in vision science and strong training in research. The program provides graduates with enhanced career opportunities and skills that enable them to contribute new knowledge to the field, help them assess new scientific developments relevant to optometry and vision science, and enables them to be more competitive for residencies and academic or industry positions following graduation.
MS Degree Courses
Biostatistics and Experimental Design
These courses cover the fundamentals of statistical design and data analysis in vision science.
These sessions are held throughout the year and feature invited speakers chosen from an international group of researchers who lecture on a wide variety of topics. Graduate students read and discuss topical papers in advance of each lecture and meet with the guest speaker. Additional lectures are held on research ethics and accepted procedures for the use of human and animal subjects.
Graduate Research Seminars
The seminars cover the four core content areas available to MS students for their research projects. These areas represent graduate faculty research interests in:
Thesis Preparation and Proposal
These courses support proposal development and preparation of the MS thesis.
MS Research Credits
This is the major emphasis of the program and involves the development, execution, and completion of a MS thesis.