On this page we’ll go over the basic requirements. You can also visit our Applicant Profile page to see GPA and test scores for our previous applicants.


The UC Berkeley Division of Graduate Studies requires a minimum undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0.

Bachelor’s Degree

While we do not require a specific undergraduate major to apply to Berkeley Optometry, you must have or be in the process of completing a bachelor’s degree (i.e., in your senior year). This program must include the courses (or their course equivalents at other institutions) outlined in Courses Requirements (see below).

Course Requirements

The course numbers listed via the link below are for UC Berkeley courses. They are used as a point of comparison. Please review the descriptions carefully and note that these are minimum prerequisite course requirements. Completed courses must have been taken for letter grades, although courses for which AP credit was given are acceptable if listed on an official college transcript. Students who have completed a more difficult course are not required to enroll in the basic course. All prerequisite courses do not have to be completed at the point of application, but the probability of admission may be reduced if more than four prerequisite courses are outstanding.

Course Requirement Checklist

Please be sure to fill out the Course Requirement Checklist via the button below. UC Berkeley course descriptions are included in the checklist to provide examples of expected content. Compare UC Berkeley’s descriptions to your community college and/or four-year institution and research equivalencies to enter in the form.
Course Requirements Course Equivalencies Checklist

Essential Abilities

Essential abilities and characteristics required for completion of the OD degree consist of certain minimum physical and cognitive abilities and sufficient mental and emotional stability to assure that candidates for admission, promotion, and graduation are able to complete the entire course of study and participate fully in all aspects of optometric training.

Technical standards are applied in several broad categories, including behavioral and social attributes; communication; intellectual-conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities; motor function; and observation. These abilities and characteristics, in conjunction with academic standards established by the faculty, are requirements for admission, promotion, and graduation in optometry.

Transfer Students

It is the policy of the Berkeley Optometry faculty to discourage optometry students from other institutions from seeking to transfer to Berkeley Optometry.

The Faculty believes that differences in educational philosophy and practice among the schools and colleges of optometry make the completion of a single uninterrupted curriculum in the best interests of both students and the profession. Accordingly, it is the policy of the Faculty to discourage optometry students from other institutions from seeking to transfer to Berkeley Optometry. However, the Faculty recognize that truly extraordinary circumstances may compel a student to request to transfer, even though doing so would result in a significant extension of the student's professional program beyond the usual 4 years. Optometry students who believe they are in such an extraordinary situation may contact the Admissions and Student Affairs Office for further information on the school’s procedures for reviewing applications for admission from transfer students.

Admission of students to Berkeley Optometry's professional program is the responsibility of the Academic Senate Faculty (Faculty). The Faculty appreciates and endorses the value of continuity in an optometric professional program expressed in the revised Recommended Guidelines and Practices for the Admission of Transfer Students approved by the Board of Directors of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) in 2015.