UAB - School of Optometry - Academics


Since awarding its first Doctor of Optometry degree in 1973, the UAB School of Optometry has grown to include graduate degrees in Vision Science and three dual degree programs: OD/MBA, OD/MPH and OD/MS. The UAB School of Optometry also offers six affiliated residency programs for additional training in optometry with 11 highly-competitive spots.


The four-year professional optometry program prepares students to be the nation’s leaders in providing comprehensive, evidence-based eye care. Students can also combine their degree with an additional degree that will allow them to better understand the ever advancing field of eye care.

Vision Science

The Vision Science Graduate Program provides comprehensive training in vision science through a master’s and doctoral degree. Students in the program are part of a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment and guided by faculty with an array of expertise.

Residency Programs

Advanced clinical education in specialty areas of optometry is offered through three in-house and three affiliated residency programs—all of which are accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association.