Graduate Program: Master of Science

Three different courses of study lead to a Master of Science degree:

Description

The College of Optometry offers a two-year post baccalaureate course of study in Vision Science to obtain a traditional Master of Science degree.

List of FAQs

A list of Frequently Asked Questions from The Ohio State University Graduate and Professional Admissions can be found here.

Prerequisites

  • All students must have a cumulative GPA equivalent of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all prior undergraduate and graduate work.
  • Earned baccalaureate or professional degree from an accredited college or university by the expected date of entry.

Application Procedures

  • Must apply to the graduate school.
  • Must have application and all documentation submitted by February 1st for admission in autumn semester. Off cycle applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Application Requirements

  • Statement of Purpose: A brief autobiographical statement describing the applicant’s educational and professional objectives. The SOP must include information on your area of research interest.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV): A written overview of academic, research, and work experiences and other qualifications.
  • Must have testing agency report Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores to The Ohio State University (ETS institution code #1592). There is no minimum GRE score requirement for admission. However, your scores will be used to compare you to other applicants. All GRE scores must be received by February 1st.  To be valid, the GRE test must have been taken in the past five years.
  • Letters of Recommendation: You must provide three letters. These should be written by close colleagues, instructors, or others who are familiar with your work, classroom performance, and/or research experience. Letters of Recommendation will not be accepted from family or friends. You must complete page 1 of The Ohio State University Graduate School Reference Form before sending it to your recommenders. Each recommender must then complete the second page and submit this, along with the recommendation letter on letterhead to the Graduate School. The applicant cannot submit the letters.
  • English proficiency testing: The Graduate School requires any applicant whose native language is not English, and who has been educated primarily outside of the U.S., to submit recent (within 2 years), official scores from TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS.
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), paper version at least 550; internet version at least 79
    • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery), at least 82
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System), at least 7.0

Applicants who have been educated primarily in one of the following countries are exempt from the language requirement: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, and the United States.

Official Transcripts: Submit copies (front and back) of official transcripts from ALL institutions attended where college credit was earned – even if you attended while in high school – to GP Admissions.  These can be uploaded with your other documents. Transcripts you submit from your personal official copies will be considered unofficial by GP Admissions, but will be accepted for application review purposes.  If you are admitted to the program, you will need to have official transcripts submitted. 

Official transcripts are those submitted directly from one institution to another.  Institutions should send transcripts to OSU electronically at gpadocs@osu.edu or by US Mail to: The Ohio State University, Graduate/Professional Admissions, PO Box 182004, Columbus, OH 43218-2646.

DOCUMENT SUBMISSION

Do not mail application documents directly to the Vision Science program.  Transcripts should be sent as noted above.  For other application documents, the regular postal address for mailing within the US is Graduate and Professional Admissions, PO Box 182004, Columbus, OH 43218-2004.  The express mail address for mailing from outside the US is Graduate and Professional Admissions, Student Academic Services Building, 281 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43210-1132

Degree Requirements

In consultation with their advisor, students select coursework according to their interests. However, coursework must include:

  • 30 graduate credit hours; no more than 10 credit hours of Vision Science 8999 (research credits) count toward the degree
  • Two 8000-level courses in vision science; at least one must be from Vision Science 8001, 8002, 8003 or 8004
  • Vision Science 7960 (Research in Ethics)
  • Vision Science 7980 (Statistics in Clinical Research)
  • Completion of an independent research project and thesis is required.

Description

Optometry students in The Ohio State University College of Optometry can earn a Master of Science degree while they concurrently earn their Doctor of Optometry degree. This program is not open to outside applicants.

List of FAQs

A list of Frequently asked Questions from The Ohio State University Graduate and Professional Admissions can be found here.

Prerequisites

  • All students must have a cumulative undergraduate and optometry GPA equivalent of at least 3.0.

Application Procedures

  • Must apply to the graduate school.
  • Must apply by June 30th for admission in autumn semester. Off cycle applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Application Requirements

  • Statement of Purpose: A brief autobiographical statement describing the applicant’s educational and professional objectives. The SOP must include information on your area of research interest.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV): A written overview of academic, research, and work experiences and other qualifications.
  • Must have testing agency report Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores to The Ohio State University (ETS institution code #1592). There is no minimum GRE score requirement for admission. However, your scores will be used to compare you to other applicants. All GRE scores must be received by July 1st.  To be valid, the GRE test must have been taken in the past five years.
  • Letters of Recommendation: You must provide three letters. These should be written by close colleagues, instructors, or others who are familiar with your work, classroom performance, and/or research experience. Letters of Recommendation will not be accepted from family or friends. You must complete page 1 of The Ohio State University Graduate School Reference Form before sending it to your recommenders. Each recommender must then complete the second page and submit this, along with the recommendation letter on letterhead to the Graduate School. The applicant cannot submit the letters.

Transcripts are generally not necessary because the University already has them on file. The exception to this are transcripts from Community Colleges you may have attended.  Please submit copies (front and back) of community college transcripts.  These can be uploaded with your other documents. Transcripts you submit from your personal official copies will be considered unofficial by GP Admissions, but will be accepted for application review purposes.  If you are admitted to the program, you will need to have official transcripts submitted.  

Official transcripts are those submitted directly from one institution to another.  Institutions should send transcripts to OSU electronically at gpadocs@osu.edu or by US Mail to: The Ohio State University, Graduate/Professional Admissions, PO Box 182004, Columbus, OH 43218-2646.

Degree Requirements

In consultation with their advisor, students select coursework according to their interests. However, coursework must include:

  • 30 graduate credit hours; no more than 10 credit hours of Vision Science 8999 (research credits) count toward the degree
  • Two 8000-level courses in vision science; at least one must be from Vision Science 8001, 8002, 8003 or 8004
  • Vision Science 7960 (Research in Ethics)
  • Vision Science 7980 (Statistics in Clinical Research)
  • Completion of an independent research project and thesis is required.

Description

The College of Optometry offers a two-year advanced clinical fellowship in one of four areas:

List of FAQs

A list of Frequently Asked Questions from The Ohio State University Graduate and Professional Admissions can be found here.

Prerequisites

  • All students must have a cumulative GPA equivalent of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all prior undergraduate and graduate work.
  • Must be an optometrist eligible for licensure in Ohio.

Application Procedures

  • Must apply to the graduate school.
  • Must have application and all documentation submitted by December 31st for admission in autumn semester. Off cycle applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Application Requirements

  • Statement of Purpose: A brief autobiographical statement describing the applicant’s educational and professional objectives. The SOP must include information on your area of research interest.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV): A written overview of academic, research, and work experiences and other qualifications.
  • Must have testing agency report Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores to The Ohio State University (ETS institution code #1592). There is no minimum GRE score requirement for admission. However, your scores will be used to compare you to other applicants. All GRE scores must be received by December 31st.  To be valid, the GRE test must have been taken in the past five years. 
  • Letters of Recommendation: You must provide three letters. These should be written by close colleagues, instructors, or others who are familiar with your work, classroom performance, and/or research experience. Letters of Recommendation will not be accepted from family or friends. You must complete page 1 of The Ohio State University Graduate School Reference Form before sending it to your recommenders. Each recommender must then complete the second page and submit this, along with the recommendation letter on letterhead to the Graduate School. The applicant cannot submit the letters.

Official Transcripts: Submit copies (front and back) of official transcripts from ALL institutions attended where college credit was earned – even if you attended while in high school – to GP Admissions.  These can be uploaded with your other documents. Transcripts you submit from your personal official copies will be considered unofficial by GP Admissions, but will be accepted for application review purposes.  If you are admitted to the program, you will need to have official transcripts submitted. 

Official transcripts are those submitted directly from one institution to another.  Institutions should send transcripts to OSU electronically at gpadocs@osu.edu or by US Mail to: The Ohio State University, Graduate/Professional Admissions, PO Box 182004, Columbus, OH 43218-2646.

Degree Requirements

In consultation with their advisor, students select coursework according to their interests. However, coursework must include:

  • 30 graduate credit hours; no more than 10 credit hours of Vision Science 8999 (research credits) count toward the degree
  • Two 8000-level courses in vision science; at least one must be from Vision Science 8001, 8002, 8003 or 8004
  • Vision Science 7960 (Research in Ethics)
  • Vision Science 7980 (Statistics in Clinical Research)
  • Completion of an independent research project and thesis is required
  • Specific training and experience aspects to each specialty:
    • Cornea and Contact Lenses
      • The first summer semester of the program is typically spent full-time in contact lens clinic and possibly other clinical settings, providing direct patient care to sharpen clinical skills before the academic program formally begins in autumn semester
      • VS 8001 Anatomy and Physiology of the Visual System
    • Binocular Vision and Pediatrics
      • The first summer semester of the program is typically spent full-time in binocular vision/pediatrics clinic and possibly other clinical settings, providing direct patient care to sharpen clinical skills before the academic program formally begins in autumn semester
      • VS 8002 Ocular Motility and Binocular Vision
    • Low Vision Rehabilitation
      • In addition to examining patients within the Low Vision Rehabilitation Service at the College of Optometry, the fellow may have opportunities to work in multidisciplinary vison rehabilitation settings.The initial semester in the program will be spent in full-time direct patient care in a variety of clinical settings (Low Vision Rehabilitation, Primary Vision Care, and Disease Evaluation)
      • VS 8004 Optics of the Eye and Specification of the Visual Stimulus
    • Community Outreach
      • The first summer semester of the program is typically spent full-time at Lower Lights and Faith Mission clinics (local eye care outreach centers) and possibly other clinical settings, providing direct patient care to sharpen clinical skills before the academic program formally begins in autumn semester

Stipend

The stipend is $43,000 per year.

The Master of Science degree requires a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of coursework, an independent research project, and completion of a thesis. Coursework is chosen according to the student's interests, in consultation with his or her advisor.

Inquiries

Jeffrey J. Walline, OD PhD
Associate Dean for Research 
338 West 10th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1240
Phone: (614) 247-6840
Send email to Graduate Program