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MS in Vision Science Program Admissions

The Master of Science in Vision Science Degree Program is designed to provide experience in vision research methodology through the development and execution of an original research project, and the completion and defense of a research thesis. The program is for candidates who wish to earn a master in science in vision science degree without enrolling in the College’s four-year OD program.

Application Process

Applicants may request information and an application package by contacting the Admissions Office directly at 1-800-824-5526 or Applications should be submitted along with the appropriate application fee as early as possible prior to the anticipated start date.

Application Deadline

Applications to the MS in Vision Science Degree Program are accepted from August 1 through April 1 for admission at the beginning of the following fall semester.

Application Fee


Admission Requirements

  • BA or BS degree
  • College transcripts indicating a minimum of 3.0 GPA 
  • Any professional degree transcripts
  • GRE (general) scores
  • An admission essay detailing interest in the M.S. program
  • Three references attesting to the applicant’s analytical or research skills and potential for success in a research program

Candidate Interviews

Members of the graduate faculty will conduct interviews and laboratory visits will be arranged if possible. Acceptance into the stand-alone program will normally be accompanied with information that identifies the student’s laboratory advisor. All invitations for interviews will be handled by the NECO Office of Admissions.

Decision Dates

A decision regarding admission to the program will be rendered by May 1, for matriculation in September of the same year.

Support During the Application Process

The NECO admissions staff is committed to assisting all students who express an interest in submitting an application to the College. Candidates receive periodic updates on the state of their applications throughout the process. Please feel free to contact a member of the staff with any questions during the application process.

Special Notes for International Candidates

In addition to the GRE, applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A total score of 88 including a 22 on the Speaking section is required. Please instruct the Educational Testing Service to send official score reports to the college. For additional information with regard to testing sites, dates, etc., write TOEFL Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541 USA or check the Web site at The Admissions Committee reserves the right to require applicants to undergo further language testing if deemed necessary. The internet (iBT) TOEFL test is required.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): a minimum total score of 6.5 including a 7 on the Speaking section is required. The IELTS Academic test is required.

Only one language test is required (TOEFL or IELTS).

Any transcripts from a university outside the United States and Canada will need to be evaluated by the World Education Services (WES).