Mar 03, 2024
College of Optometry > Optometry, OD / Physiological Optics, MS, Dual Degree
A dual OD/MS program is available for enrolled optometry students who wish to pursue a Master’s of Science (MS) degree in Physiological Optics/Vision Science concurrently with the doctor of optometry (OD) degree.
- OD students may apply for the OD/MS program in the Fall of the second academic year for admission in the Spring of their second year.
- The applicant must have a history of research with a faculty mentor. The prior research generally was done during the Summer between the first and second year of the OD program, in a federally- or college-funded summer research training program for OD students.
The dual OD/MS program requires:
- the entire Optometry, OD program curriculum.
- the MS curriculum, which is a total of 30.0 Credit Hours of coursework and research hours.
- 12.0 Credit Hours of OPTO 6000-level science courses may be used for the MS portion of the dual degree
- a written thesis based on original research.
- The student’s thesis committee must consist of a minimum of three faculty members,
- one member may be external to the program, from academia or industry, and is approved by the graduate program.
- at least two of which are from within the graduate program;
- The research project can be an extension of the research carried out in the summer research program.
- The student must write and defend a thesis proposal and the thesis
- Graduate program coursework and research hours with the prefix PHOP are supported by the College of Optometry.
Research hours (practicum) and independent study (tutorial) are offered on an “as needed” basis to meet the individual needs of students.
The student must enroll in PHOP 7399 - Thesis Writing Credit Hours: 3.0
Basic Research Skills Courses
As needed to strengthen student’s education and/or skill in a particular research area.