Graduate Programs

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Graduate degree programs in optometry are usually research oriented and are for individuals interesting in delving further into the “whys” and “hows” of the visual system. Master’s, PhDs and dual degree programs are offered at many of the schools and colleges of optometry and are identified by different names, but most emphasize and explore some aspect of vision and the visual and ocular system.

More detailed descriptions and enrollment figures for the programs listed below are here.

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In alphabetical order by State

Alabama

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM
School of Optometry
Birmingham, Alabama
Master of Science (MS) – Vision Science (Combined OD/MS program is also offered)
OD/Master of Public Health (MPH) Dual Degree Program
OD/Master of Business Administration (MBA) Dual Degree Program
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Vision Science
Contact: Lawrence Sincich, PhD  (sincich@uab.edu)
http://www.uab.edu/vsgp

Arizona

MIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY
Arizona College of Optometry
Glendale, Arizona
OD/Master of Public Health (MPH) Dual Degree Program (through the College of Graduate Studies)
Contact: Alice Chapman, DVM, MPH, DACVPM  (achapm1@midwestern.edu)
https://www.midwestern.edu/academics/degrees-and-programs/master-of-public-health.xml

California

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY AT
MARSHALL B. KETCHUM UNIVERSITY
Fullerton, California
Master of Science (MS) – Vision Science (Combined OD/MS and OD/Residency programs are also offered.)
Contact: William H. Ridder, III, OD, PhD (wridder@ketchum.edu)
http://www.ketchum.edu/optometry/ms_in_vision_science

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – BERKELEY
School of Optometry
Berkeley, California
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Vision Science
Contact: Jessica Rivers, MA (vision@berkeley.edu)
http://vision.berkeley.edu

Florida

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
College of Optometry
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Graduate Program in Clinical Vision Research
Master of Science (MS)

Contact: Bin Zhang, MD, PhD (bz52@nova.edu)
http://optometry.nova.edu/cvr/

Illinois

MIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY
Chicago College of Optometry
Downers Grove, Illinois
OD/Master of Public Health (MPH) Dual Degree Program (through the College of Graduate Studies)
Contact: Alice Chapman, DVM, MPH, DACVPM  (achapm1@midwestern.edu)
https://www.midwestern.edu/academics/degrees-and-programs/master-of-public-health.xml

Indiana

INDIANA UNIVERSITY
School of Optometry
Bloomington, Indiana
Master of Science (MS) – Vision Science (Combined OD/MS program as well as non-thesis MS are also offered.)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Vision Science
Contact: Dr. Steve Burns (staburns@indiana.edu)
http://www.optometry.iu.edu/academics/degrees/phd.shtml
http://optometry.iu.edu/academics/ms-vision-science.html

Massachusetts

MCPHS UNIVERSITY
School of Optometry
Worcester, Massachusetts
OD/MPH Dual Degree Program Encompasses five Core Disciplines (Biostatistics, Environmental Health Science, Epidemiology, Health Policy & Management, and Social and Behavioral Sciences)
Contact: Carly Levy, MPH (carly.levy@mcphs.edu)
Contact: Nancy Coletta, OD, PhD (nancy.coletta@mcphs.edu)
https://www.mcphs.edu/academics/school-of-optometry/optometry/optometry-od


NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY
Boston, Massachusetts
Master of Science (MS) – Vision Science (Combined OD/MS program is also offered.)
OD/PhD Dual Degree Program with Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences
Contact: Jane Gwiazda, PhD (gwiazdaj@neco.edu)
http://www.neco.edu/academics/graduate-programs

Michigan

MICHIGAN COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY AT FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
Big Rapids, Michigan
Master of Business Administration (MBA)/OD Dual Degree Program in Optometric Practice Management
Beginning Fall of 2021
Contact: Daniel Taylor, OD, EdD, MS (DanielTaylor@ferris.edu)
Program website to come

New York

STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
College of Optometry
Graduate Center for Vision Research
New York, New York
Master of Science (MS) – Vision Science (Combined OD/MS and Residency/MS programs are also offered.)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Vision Science (Combined OD/PhD and Residency/PhD programs are also offered.)
Contact: Dr. Stewart Bloomfield (sbloomfield@sunyopt.edu)
http://www.sunyopt.edu/education/academics/graduate_programs
Combined OD/MBA (offered with SUNY Empire State College)
Contact: Dr. Richard Madonna (rmadonna@sunyopt.edu)
http://www.sunyopt.edu/education/academica/mba-certificate-program

Ohio

THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
College of Optometry
Columbus, Ohio
Master of Science (MS) – Vision Science (Advanced Practice Fellowship and combined OD/MS programs are also offered.)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Vision Science
Contact: Heather Anderson, OD, PhD (Anderson.3881@osu.edu)
http://optometry.osu.edu/graduate/

Oregon

PACIFIC UNIVERSITY
College of Optometry
Forest Grove, Oregon
Master of Science (MS) – Vision Science
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Vision Science
Contact: Yu-Chi Tai, PhD (ytai@pacificu.edu)
Master of Education (MEd) – Visual function in learning Pacific University, College of Education (Combined OD/MS and OD/MEd programs are available.)
Contact: Linna Armstrong (linnaso@pacificu.edu)
OD/Master of Business Administration (MBA) Joint Program
Contact: Ryan P. Garcia (garcia@pacificu.edu)
http://www.pacificu.edu/optometry/

Pennsylvania

PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY AT SALUS UNIVERSITY
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
Master of Science (MSc) – Biomedicine with a concentration in Optometry
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Biomedicine with a concentration in Optometry
Contact: Mitchell Scheiman, OD, PhD, FAAO (Dipl) (mscheiman@salus.edu)
http://www.salus.edu/Colleges/Health-Sciences/Biomedicine.aspx

Texas

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
College of Optometry
Houston, Texas
Master of Science (MS) – Physiological Optics/Vision Science
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Physiological Optics/Vision Science (Combined OD/MS or OD/PhD, and MS (or PhD)/Residency programs are also offered.)
Contact: Dr. Laura Frishman (lfrishman@uh.edu)
http://www.opt.uh.edu/academics/graduate/index.cfm

UNIVERSITY OF THE INCARNATE WORD
ROSENBERG SCHOOL OF OPTOMETRY

San Antonio, Texas
Master of Science (MS) – Vision Science
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Vision Science
Contact: Jeffrey Rabin, OD, PhD (rabin@uiwtx.edu)
https://optometry.uiw.edu/academics/ms-in-vision-science/index.html
https://optometry.uiw.edu/academics/phd-in-vision-science/index.html