UAB - School of Optometry - Admissions Information
 

Applications for admission to the Vision Science Graduate Program must be submitted through the UAB Graduate School. View the admission requirements below and visit the UAB Graduate School Admissions page for more information.

Admission to the program is for fall entry, though exceptions can be requested. Applicants who submit a completed application by Dec. 15 are given priority. The deadline to submit for fall entry is Jan. 15. 

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Admission Requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement/essay
  • Official transcripts from undergraduate degrees along with transcripts from other institutions where transfer credits were obtained
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of at least a B (3.0) average
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is optional. If applicant has taken the GRE, scores may be submitted along with the application.

English Proficiency

International applicants are required to submit English proficiency scores to demonstrate a command of written and spoken English. More admission information for international applicants is available here. Minimum English proficiency scores required by the UAB Graduate School are:

  • TOEFL: 80
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • PTEA: 53

Additional Recommendations

  • A strong background in biological, physical or health sciences is highly recommended.
  • Previous research experience is strongly encouraged.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through the UAB Graduate School. Access the application here, or visit the UAB Graduate School website and click on Apply Now. The application fee is $50 for domestic applicants and $60 for international applicants. 

Admission is for fall entry, though exceptions can be requested. Priority is given to applicants who submit a completed application by Dec. 15. The deadline to submit for fall entry is Jan. 15. 

Admission to the OD/MS Degree program is on a rolling admission process. Completed applications should be submitted by the following deadline dates for the respective semester entry:

  • Fall: Aug. 1
  • Spring: Dec. 1
  • Summer: May 1

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