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Master of Science in Vision Science and Investigative Ophthalmology - MVSIO

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is pleased to offer a unique graduate degree, the Master of Science in Vision Science and Investigative Ophthalmology (MVSIO). This innovative program, the first of its kind in the world, offers comprehensive training in ophthalmic translational research, problem-based learning, management and a skill set available only at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

A Unique Master of Science

MVSIO BrochureThe MVSIO program focuses on science and laboratory research, including the disciplines of electrophysiology, biochemistry and molecular biology, as well as exposure to ocular clinical details and ocular pathology. It will prepare students for a planned Ph.D. graduate program in vision science and investigative ophthalmology.

In addition, the multidisciplinary program builds management, administrative, and entrepreneurial skills for professionals desiring a vision science-oriented career in startup companies, management of non-profit organizations, academic practices, government regulatory agencies, and medical device and pharmaceutical companies.

Led by Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s world-class faculty and supported by leading-edge technology, the MVSIO program opens the door to new career opportunities for medical school graduates, clinicians and other professionals.

Program Overview

  • Program goal: To train graduate students in vision research and research management skills, and educate the next generation of leaders in vision science
  • Start date: August 
  • Duration of program: 2 years
  • Enrollment: 10 students per year
  • Multidisciplinary approach: Courses are taught by faculty members from the University of Miami, including the Miller School of Medicine, School of Business Administration, College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Veterinary Resources.
  • Core science disciplines: Electrophysiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, ocular clinical details, ocular anatomy and pathology
  • Related disciplines: Research management, administrative skills, grant writing for funding applications, business plan formulation
  • Types of classes: 8 courses, 3 laboratory modules, 3 problem-based learning (PBL) activities, 1 elective and a thesis.
  • Degree requirements: 30 credits 
  • Tuition: Subject to change. 
  • Location: The MVSIO education center and laboratories are located in the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Vision Research Center
  • Priority Deadline: May 1st

Financing Your Degree

Some MVSIO students may receive full- or partial-tuition reimbursement through their companies or sponsors. Other students may obtain loans to finance their graduate education. Please visit for more information. For information on financial aid for US citizens and international students, please visit, or call the University of Miami’s Office of Financial Services at 305-284-5212.

Application Information

Candidates are invited to apply for the 2023-24 session and must submit the following:

  • Transcripts
  • USMLE Score
  • Personal Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Application
  • TOEFL Score

Selection Criteria

MVSIO candidates will be selected by the Ophthalmology Program Committee, which is led by Graduate Program Director Sanjoy K. Bhattacharya, M. Tech., Ph.D. Candidates will be judged on their core competency, prior course work, leadership abilities, accomplishments, professional and personal experiences, and academic excellence.

Applicant selection will be based upon past performance, letters of recommendation from former teachers, supporting material, and interviews by faculty and student mentors. Some candidates will be interviewed using web-based programs such as Zoom or Skype.

Program Brochure

Download the MVSIO program brochure to learn more about the program prerequisites, the curriculum, and application requirements.

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Sanjoy K. Bhattacharya, M. Tech., Ph.D.
Graduate Program 
Director MVSIO
305-482-4103 (Office)
305-482-4109 (Lab)