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Combined Programs

Combined Residency/Graduate Program

The two-year program is for post-OD’s interested in combining the MS or PhD degree with advanced clinical training. Residencies are available in the areas of cornea and contact lens, brain injury rehabilitation, low vision rehabilitation, family practice optometry, pediatric optometry, and ocular disease. Applicants must submit separate applications to each program. Residents will receive a fellowship of $38,000/year and a post-doctoral tuition award. Must have an OD and be Texas Board eligible.

Combined OD/MS Degree Program

A combined OD/MS program is available for enrolled optometry students who wish to pursue a Master’s of Science (MS) degree in Physiological Optics/Vision Science concurrently with the doctor of optometry (OD) degree. OD students apply for the combined OD/MS program in the Fall of their for admission in the Spring of their second year. In addition to a total of 30 semesters hours of coursework (12 overlapping with OD coursework) and research hours, the combined OD/MS program requires a written thesis based on original research. The thesis committee must consist of a minimum of three faculty members, at least two of which are from within the graduate program; one member may be external to the program, from academia or industry, and is approved by the graduate program. The research project can be an extension of prior research, generally done during the summer between first and second year of the OD program, in a federally funded summer research training program for OD students.