Combined OD/MS Program

A combined program is available to outstanding students enrolled at The Ohio State University College of Optometry who wish to pursue the Masters and the O.D. degrees simultaneously. Optometry students may apply for admission to this program no sooner than the beginning of their second year. Admission of applicants is based on the student’s academic performance and the Graduate Studies Committee’s assessment of his or her motivation and capability to complete a program of independent research in combination with the regular optometry curriculum. Under this plan, up to 10 semester hours of coursework in the optometry curriculum may be counted toward the required hours for both degrees. The completion of an independent research project and a thesis is required.