Admission Requirements

Applications for admission to the Graduate Program in Vision Science are reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee. The committee looks at the applicants' scores in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). A combined score of at least 270 in the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE exam is recommended for the M.S. degree, and at least 300 for the Ph.D. degree. Students currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program have an average GRE score of 1200 (old) or 330 (new). Admission also requires undergraduate grades of at least a B average over the previous 60 semester hours of credit, and three letters of recommendation. Applicants should have a strong background in the biological, physical or health sciences.

Students with suitable foreign qualifications are welcome to apply, and must demonstrate a command of written and spoken English

The minimum English proficiency scores as set by the UAB Graduate School are:

  • TOEFL iBT – 80
  • TOEFL PBT – 550
  • TOEFL CBT – 214
  • IELTS – 6.5

Over the past fifteen years, 40% of the graduates of the program have been women. We continue to encourage qualified women and under represented minorities to apply.

The Vision Science Graduate Program offers a rolling admission process; however, students who submit a completed application by January 15th are given priority. The application fee for the MS, OD/MS is $50 U.S. dollars and the fee for all international applicants, regardless of program, is $60. Click here to apply.

Financial Aid

The program provides full financial support to doctoral students. This includes an annual stipend through a fellowship, full tuition and fees, travel allowance and health insurance. Fellowships are funded by the Graduate School, the Department of Vision Sciences, the National Eye Institute and other outside agencies. Starting Fall Semester 2013 a stipend of $26,500 annually is offered to entering students.