Apply to MS in Vision Science

The MS in Vision Science is designed to provide experience in vision research methodology through the development and execution of an original research project, and the completion and defense of a research thesis.

Program Detail

Application Information

The program is for candidates who wish to earn a master’s in science in vision science without enrolling in NECO’s four-year OD program.


Applicants must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree to be considered for admittance to the MS in Vision Science Degree Program.
  • Have taken or plan to take the GRE general exam.

Application Deadline

Applications to the MS in Vision Science Degree Program are accepted from August 1 – April 1 for admission at the beginning of the following fall semester.

Admission Requirements

  • BA or BS degree.
  • College transcripts indicating a minimum of 3.0 GPA.
  • Any professional degree transcripts.
  • GRE (general) scores.
  • Admission essay detailing interest in the M.S. program.
  • Three references attesting to the applicant’s analytical or research skills and potential for success in a research program.

Application Process

Request an application package through the Admissions Office, [email protected] Applications should be submitted along with the appropriate application fee ($30) as early as possible before the anticipated start date.  Download application

Application Instructions

A completed application to the MS in Vision Science Degree Program consists of:

1.Complete the MS in Vision Science Graduate Program Application
The MS in Vision Science graduate program application form is a three-page form that may be downloaded. Most of the questions on the form are self-explanatory. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

2. Transcripts
Official transcripts must be submitted directly to the College. Any transcript(s) from a university outside of the United States or Canada will need to be evaluated by WES US. A course-by-course evaluation is required, and we strongly prefer the WES International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) as it includes official transcripts as part of the report. If the ICAP is not submitted, official transcripts from all schools will need to be sent to NECO before enrolling.

3. Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required from professionals and faculty members who are familiar with your work. Specifically addressing your potential as a researcher should be addressed to the Director of Graduate Studies and sent directly to the Admissions Office.

4. GRE scores, general exam
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general exam must be taken before an application is considered complete. Indicate in the space provided on the program application the date that the examination(s) were taken and the scores, if available.

5. Submit language testing scores
Applicants whose native language is not English may take the Internet-based TOEFL exam (minimum score of 88 and 22 on the speaking section) or the IELTS exam (minimum total score of 6.5 and speaking score of 7). Official TOEFL exam scores should be submitted directly to GradCAS with code B886, and official IELTS scores should be sent directly to NECO. You may request to have this requirement waived if you attended an undergraduate institution where English is the instruction language.

Only one language test is required, either the Test of English as a Foreign Language Scores or the International English Language Testing System Scores. You must take one of the exams. The admissions committee reserves the right to require applicants to undergo further language testing and instruction as necessary.

Candidate Interviews

Members of the graduate faculty will conduct interviews, and laboratory visits will be arranged if possible. Acceptance into the stand-alone program will normally be accompanied by information that identifies the student’s laboratory advisor. The NECO Office of Admissions will handle all invitations for interviews.

Admissions Decision

A decision regarding admission to the program will be rendered by May 1, for matriculation in September of the same year.

Support During the Application Process

Our admissions staff is committed to assisting anyone interested in our degree programs. Candidates will receive periodic updates on the status of their applications throughout the process. Please contact a member of our staff with any questions during the application process.