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OD/PhD Dual Degree

Genomics, behavioral neuroscience, molecular medicine—optometry and innovation are intersecting in fascinating new ways.

Students in the combined degree program will complete the first three years of NECO’s four-year OD program. The student will then begin the post-Master’s PhD curriculum in Graduate Medical Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine.

Upon completion of the PhD program and a satisfactory defense of a dissertation, the student will return to NECO to complete their clinical training. At completion of the OD degree requirements, both degrees will be conferred at the respective commencements of the two participating institutions.

This program integrates clinical training at NECO with a PhD thesis and dissertation in one of the following areas:

  • Anatomy
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Neuroscience
  • Biophysics
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular and Translational Medicine
  • Nutrition and Metabolism Sciences
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
Application Details

Apply to the OD/PhD Dual Degree

Program Eligibility

Students may apply to enter the OD/PhD Dual Degree Program during their first year at NECO. Applications are reviewed by the NECO Graduate Studies Committee.

For students recommended for the OD/PhD program, a secondary application and review is then due to, and completed by the Graduate Medical Sciences at BU School of Medicine.

Application Instructions

The application is located on the NECO student portal. Contact Admissions with any questions.

If you are recommended for admission to the Program, you must complete the PhD program application by February 15, 2022, through the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences at BU.

You will be notified of a decision from Boston University by March 31, 2022.