Standardized Test Now Optional

OD applicants, we understand that many of you have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, submission of standardized test scores will be optional for those applying for Fall 2022. We hope this new change will provide applicants with the opportunity to submit materials that they believe best illustrates their candidacy.

For students who do choose to submit test scores as a component of the application we do prefer the OAT although we will also gladly accept the MCAT, PCAT, DAT or GRE general exam. You will be able to indicate this within your OptomCAS application. Additionally, it is important to note that if you complete either an OAT or GRE exam that it will be visible to us for review once the scores are processed.

Graduate Programs Offered

Berkeley is the No. 1 public university in the world. Our students and faculty come from different places and backgrounds, but together we create a vibrant and dynamic community that seeks to create a better world.  Join us! We offer two graduate degree programs; a Doctor of Optometry (OD) program and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Vision Science program.  We also offer a one year residency program for ODs.

OD Program PhD Program Residency Program

Who Can Apply

We do not require a specific undergraduate major to apply to Berkeley Optometry. The completion of an undergraduate degree is not required at your point of application, but must be completed before the start of the school year.

Requirements International Students
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In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of California, Berkeley publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes current security policies plus crime and fire statistics for the previous three calendar years. The body of the report also contains contact information for various campus and community resources related to crime prevention and survivor assistance. A digital copy of the report can be accessed via the link below, or paper copies are available free of charge at 1 Sproul Hall.

UC Berkeley Annual Security and Fire Safety Report