Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs

Vision Science and Investigative Ophthalmology

Application instructions for Fall 2019 will be updated here by September 2018.

For questions about this specific program, contact Eva Norton at enorton@miami.edu or 305-243-4919.


Competitive candidates will have the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution must be conferred before the intended start date.
  • Excellent academic record (minimum overall cumulative GPA = 3.0)
  • Strong letters of recommendation from scientists who know the candidate well
  • Motivation to pursue a state-of-the-art education

Application Timeline

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the following deadlines. Please note that international applicants should apply early and no later than March 31st.

May 1stPriority Deadline for Fall Entry

Online Application

We accept applications through the centralized application service AHCAS. All applicants must apply online through AHCAS. AHCAS charges $95 for the first program you apply to and $40 for each additional program. Please note that application fees are non-refundable.

Official documents must be received before applications are reviewed.

US and Canadian Transcripts

ALL official academic records including degree and certificate programs, English language programs, and incomplete coursework / degrees from all previously attended colleges and universities must be sent directly from each institution. Note that applicants with Canadian transcripts using French grading systems should follow the international transcript instructions below.

Electronic transcripts are accepted from schools that participate in Credentials Solutions. Click here to check if your school participates with this service. If your school does participate, click here to request your electronic transcripts be sent to AHCAS.

Paper Transcripts should be mailed to:
AHCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9127
Watertown, MA 02471

International Transcripts

Applicants who have attended institutions outside of the US and Canada are required to submit all official transcripts, mark sheets and a photocopy of their diploma(s) (with English translation when applicable). All post-secondary / university transcripts must be accompanied by a course-by-course transcript evaluation from the World Education Service (Select ICAP Report).

Official documents must be received before applications are reviewed.

Transcripts should be mailed from the evaluation service directly to:
AHCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9127
Watertown, MA 02471

English Proficiency Exams

International students whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. This requirement is waived for applicants who have successfully completed 30 consecutive credits at the university level where English was the language of instruction or those who have passed the USMLEs. Test scores must be less than two years old.

TOEFL: When registering for the test, please request that your score be sent to University of Miami, institution code 5815. The minimum score is 80.

IELTS: When registering for the test, please request that your score be sent to University of Miami, institution code 4862. The minimum score is 6.5.

Statement of Purpose and Objectives

Your personal essay is intended to give you the opportunity to submit a narrative discussing your past education, experience, and current professional career objectives. Enter your essay in the “Supporting Information” section of your AHCAS application.

Resume / Curriculum Vitae

All applicants must submit a complete, up-to-date resume / CV that includes all employment, research experience, community service, education and academic or professional honors. Be sure to detail all experience related to the discipline you are applying to including research experience, training, education or other related qualifications with bulleted summaries.

Letters of Recommendation

All applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation from those who are best able to assess your ability to be successful in a graduate degree program. Ideally, your recommenders are recent researchers or employers in a related research or scientific field. Applicants should request that their recommender write a letter that is specific to the discipline for which they are applying.

You will be asked for your recommenders’ contact information in AHCAS. They will be sent an online form to complete via email. Applicants must submit a minimum of three to a maximum of five recommendations.