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What will I learn?

The Master's in Clinical Vision Science Program consists of two program years of 7 and 1/2 class credits, two extended clinical practice plus a thesis in an area of vision research. Graduates earn MSc in Clinical Vision Science. MSc in Clinical Vision Science includes a concurrent Graduate Diploma in Orthotics and Ophthalmic Medical Technology.

Educational material is delivered in class format regarding theoretical foundations, as well as through laboratory and supervised practical clinical training. Teaching follows a sequence that reflects increasing complexity and effective integration of the acquired knowledge and skills.

Dalhousie University is offering both its Master's Program in Clinical Vision Science and Graduate Diploma Program also in distance education. The distance delivery model is a flexible, Internet-based adaptation of the on-campus program. Distance students can log into their class content through the Internet anywhere in the world and learn, follow lectures and submit assignments from their home or workplace. They are receiving the same quality instruction as on-campus students, take the same exams and participate in direct ophthalmic care at supervised clinical sites according to program regulations for the same period of time.

The program is intended for those who are wishing to gain essential knowledge and expertise in the orthoptist / ophthalmic medical technologist profession, and also for those who enter it at an advanced level for professional development. There is no residential component in the CVS Distance Education Program.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$12,843.12 (US$ 9,921) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


Dalhousie University

Studley Campus,

Henry Hicks Academic Admin Building, Room 130, 6299 South Street, PO Box 15000,


Nova Scotia (NS),

B3H 4R2, Canada

Online/Distance (3 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$12,843.12 (US$ 9,921) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a Four-year Bachelor's degree. Minimum GPA of 3.3 in the last 60 credit hours of study. Degree granted by university of recognized standing. English language requirement: A minimum score of 100 on the internet-based TOEFL (Academic iBT); A minimum score of 100 on the internet-based TOEFL (Academic iBT).

For international students

Admission requirements for the MSc in Clinical Vision Science include a bachelor’s degree with honours or a bachelor’s degree with 4 years of undergraduate study from a recognized institution of higher education with a minimum of B average (GPA 3.0).

English language requirement:

  • Internet-based TOEFL (Academic iBT): 92
  • MELAB: 85
  • IELTS: 7
  • CAEL: 70 with no band score lower than 60
  • Dalhousie College of Continuing Education (CCE): A-
  • Pearson English Test PTE Academic: overall score of 65 and nothing below 54

The application deadline is March 1st.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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