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.

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)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Vision science
Contact: Michael Twa, OD, PhD  (mtwa@uab.edu)
http://www.uab.edu/vsgp

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/index.php/admissions/admissions_ms_overview

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – BERKELEY
School of Optometry
Berkeley, California
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Vision science
Contact: Olga Lepilina (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/

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://www.optometry.iu.edu/academics/degrees/ms.shtml

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@mcphsbedu)
http://www.mcphs.edu/Academics/Programs/Optometry%20OD%20MPH


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: Nancy J. Coletta, OD, PhD (colettan@neco.edu)
http://www.neco.edu/academics/graduate-programs

New York

STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
SUNY, 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

Ohio

THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
College of Optometry
Columbus, Ohio
Master of Science (MS) – Vision science (Combined advanced practice fellowship/Masters Program and combined OD/MS programs are also offered.)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Vision science
Contact: Jeffrey J. Walline, OD, PhD (walline.1@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, School of Education (Combined OD/MS and OD/MEd programs are available.)
Contact: Lisette Romig, MAT  (lisette@pacificu.edu)
OD/Master of Business Administration (MBA) Joint Program
Contact: Sally Hess (sally@pacificu.edu)
http://www.pacificu.edu/optometry/

Pennsylvania

SALUS UNIVERSITY PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
OD/MPH Dual Degree Program includes the core disciplines of epidemiology, environmental health science, health policy, biostatistics and social and behavioral sciences; concentrations in health policy and humanitarian health care.
Contact: Anthony F. Di Stefano, OD, MEd, MPH (tdistefano@salus.edu)
http://www.salus.edu/Colleges/Health-Sciences/Public-Health-Programs.aspx
Master of Science (MSc) – Biomedicine
Doctor of Philosophy – Biomedicine
Contact: William A. Monaco, OD, PhD, FAAO (wmonaco@salus.edu)
http://www.salus.edu/Colleges/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 accelerated PhD, and MS/Residency programs are also offered.)
Contact: Dr. Laura Frishman (lfrishman@uh.edu)
http://www.opt.uh.edu/academics/graduate/index.cfm