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Combined OD/MS Program

SCCO offers a combined OD/MS dual degree program. Once students have been successfully accepted into the OD program and completed all matriculation requirements including the full $1500 matriculation deposit, they are eligible to apply for the MS program to then complete the degrees concurrently. 

Application Requirements

The following requirements are necessary to complete your application to the OD/MS Program. An application is not complete until all forms and documents are received. Please submit all information directly to

  1. Completed Application for Admission 
  2. 2 letters of recommendation (sent directly from the reviewer)
  3. 300–500 word Personal Statement regarding your current goals, plans for your professional career, and reasons for selecting a field of study
  4. Copies of your transcripts, CV/ Resume and OAT scores will be automatically submitted on your behalf as they were part of your OptomCAS application.
  5. SCCO waives the $50 supplemental fee for anyone who has already been admitted to the OD program.

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Submission Process & Deadline

Students may apply anytime after they have been admitted to the OD program and have met all matriculation requirements including paying the full $1500 deposit. All applications are due by the 8th week of the first year fall quarter. Candidates will be interviewed during the fall and winter quarters. The Masters program will begin in the spring term of the first year.

Application Deadline (all requirements must be received by this date to be considered) Start of Optometry Program Start of Master's Program
October 4, 2024 August 2024 Spring 2025
October 2, 2025 August 2025 Spring 2026

Post-Submission Process & Interviews

Once an application package is complete, it will be forwarded to the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies. The application will be reviewed and the applicant will either be interviewed or advised that his or her application for admittance has been declined. No application will be considered complete and no admissions decision will be made without a personal interview.

Accuracy of Information

The submission of any false or misleading information of any kind in support of an application for admission to the graduate program of the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University can result in the permanent cancellation or rescission of admission by the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies. It is the responsibility of the applicant that all information is accurate and complete.

Admissions Policy

Marshall B. Ketchum University’s Master of Science in Vision Science is committed to the principles of equal opportunity in education. Marshall B. Ketchum University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  The Vice President for Student Affairs has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and can be reached at

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, as well as the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, visit the Office for Civil Rights Contact Page or call 1.800.421.3481.