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Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Clinical Vision Research (CVR) graduate program, applicants must have completed one of the following requirements:

  • Earned a post-baccalaureate professional degree, or
  • Earned a baccalaureate degree with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

Applicants with a baccalaureate degree must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Information regarding the GRE can be found at An average score in the 50th percentile or higher on either the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) or Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) may be substituted.

Note: Applicants who have earned a post-baccalaureate professional degree (O.D., D.O., M.D.) are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be considered for admission on a probationary status.

The program must receive the application and documentation for admission no later than one month prior to the term the students intends to enter the program (April 1st, Spring term; July 1st, Summer term; October 1st, Fall term; January 1st, Winter term). It is preferable for new students to start with the quarter that begins on April first.

Applicants from countries in which English is not the official language are required to submit scores from the internet based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL® iBT) with a minimum score of 79. Information for taking this test online may be found at

Undergraduate course work taken at a foreign institution must be evaluated for U.S. institution equivalence. Foreign course work must be evaluated by one of the services listed below. You should contact:

Education Credential Evaluators
P.O. Box 513070
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3470
(414) 289-3400

Josef Silny & Associates
International Education Consultants
7101 SW 102nd Avenue,
Miami, FL 33173
(305) 273-1616

World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
(212) 966-6311

All applicants should request a course-by-course evaluation. It is the applicant's responsibility to have course work evaluated, and an official evaluation must be sent directly by the service to the Office of Admissions at:

Nova Southeastern University
ATTN: Optometry Admissions Graduate Program
3200 South University Drive
Ft. Lauderdale-Davie, FL 33328

With careful planning, the entire program can be completed in as little as two years. Please note that the Graduate Certificate program must be completed within three years and the Master of Science program must be completed within six years of matriculation.

Individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree may also take online course work as non-degree seeking students without fulfilling the above requirements. Up to 9 quarter credit hours of course work taken in non-degree status or from equivalent institutes, and completed with a grade of 80 or better may be transferred to the Graduate Certificate or Master of Science program, if admitted.

The MSCVR program of the College of Optometry selects students based on the candidate's application content, academic performance, test scores (if the applicant does not have a post-baccalaureate degree), and one letter of recommendation.

To request more information about the program, please click here, or contact Dr. Bin Zhang, Director, MSCVR program

To start the application process, please click here, and then follow the guidance of “Standard Graduate Application”.

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