Future Students & Residents | Academic Programs

Master of Science Degree / Residency

Program Site:

University of Houston College of Optometry



Application Deadline

February 1

Program Coordinator/Contact:

Beth Harper, O.D.
University of Houston
College of Optometry
Houston, Texas 77204-2020
 Telephone: (713) 743-9960
 FAX: (713) 743-2053
  E-Mail: bharper@central.uh.edu

This combined program provides optometric graduates the ability to gain additional experience in patient care while developing teaching and clinical research skills necessary for a variety of careers in industry, education and specialty private practice. Currently, the program offers post-graduate clinical training in any of the following residency areas: Brain Injury Vision Rehabilitation, Cornea and Contact Lens, Family Practice Optometry, Low Vision Rehabilitation, Ocular Disease, and Pediatric Optometry.

Length of Program: 2 years
Starting date of program: June 22, 2020
Cost of tuition to resident/graduate student:

Current tuition and fee information may be obtained from the graduate student office at UHCO

Salary /Stipend: $38,000
Date Program Established: Fall 1987
Thesis Requirement/Research Paper: Yes
Benefits (if applicable):
  1. Health benefits
  2. Retirement program
  3. Vacation
  4. Sick leave
  5. Financial support to professional meetings
  6. Institutional malpractice insurance
  7. Access to University courses, and continuing education offered by the College.

Completion acknowledgement

  •   Certificate (Residency)
  •   MS Degree

Accreditation Status:

Accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141, 314-991-4100

Educational Opportunities:

The graduate program provides basic and advanced courses in vision science, anatomy and physiology along with training in computer programming, experimental design, and biostatistics. The clinical program provides advanced training in the specialty selected by the resident. Teaching experiences, seminars, and participation in the emergency call service are also integral components of the two year program. 

Teaching Responsibilities for Resident/Graduate Student:

All candidates are expected to gain experience in teaching and are assigned to these activities according to their background and interests. 

Research Responsibilities:

All residents are trained to do experimental research with emphasis in clinical areas of interest. A thesis is required for the graduate degree.

Curriculum requirements in hours:

See program composition percentage above based on 30 semester hours for M.S.

Both graduate program and specific residency requirements

Application materials and procedures can be obtained by writing:

Beth Harper, O.D.
Chair of Residency Programs
University of Houston
College of Optometry
4901 Calhoun Rd. 
Houston , TX 77204
 (713) 743-9960
  (713) 743-2053

Additional comments

Applicants should specify the residency of interest for the combined programs and must apply to both the graduate and residency programs