Requirements

Admission to the Vision Science Phd program is based on a variety of factors, including academic achievement and relevant experience. Because this program is designed to develop research scientists, it is important that applicants are familiar with an experimental lab setting. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of our program, we accept students with various backgrounds including psychology, optometry, engineering, computer science, physics, chemistry, biophysics, neuroscience, mathematics, molecular and cell biology and integrative biology.

Minimum Requirements


  1. Bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution
  2. Satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale
  3. Undergraduate training to do graduate work in your chosen field

Satisfying minimal standards, however, does not guarantee your admission, since the number of qualified applicants far exceeds the number of places available. For additional information on campus requirements for graduation admissions, please visit the UC Berkeley Graduate Division website.

Graduate Division

GRE Exam

All applicants must take the GRE exam. Your scores must be no older than 5 years by the time of application. There is no minimum score requirement.

Institution Code: 4833
Department Code: 0611

GRE Exam

English Language Proficiency

All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency by taking the TOEFL exam. This requirement applies to applicants from Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, Israel, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, most European countries, and non-English-speaking countries in Africa. If you have completed at least one year of full-time academic coursework with grades of B or better in residence at a recognized U.S. institution, you do not need to take a standardized test. Instead, you must upload an unofficial transcript from the recognized U.S. institution. Your TOEFL exam must be no older than 2 years by the time of application.

Please note the minimum score for the Internet-based Test (iBT) is 90 and for the Paper-based Test (pBT) it is 570.

Institution Code: 4833
Department Code: 99

TOEFL Exam