Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate Studies

MS in Vision Science and Investigative Ophthalmology

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 is the first of its kind in the world. It offers comprehensive training in ophthalmic translational research, problem-based learning, management, and a skill set, available only at Bascom Palmer.

The 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 PhD 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.


MVSIO uses problem-based learning to create a fusion of clinical ophthalmology and basic science; this truly unique program also incorporates the entrepreneurship roundtable. The program has built-in networking with leaders in both academia and industry. I highly recommend the MVSIO program to students considering going on to medical school or pursuing an ophthalmology residency.

Erika Ellis
Student, MS in Vision Science & Investigative Opthalmology