Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Vision Science and Investigative Ophthalmology

How to Apply

Fall 2017


Please direct all admission questions to: ogps@med.miami.edu

All applicants must apply online through CollegeNET.

Note that only complete applications will be considered. We encourage applicants to upload unofficial copies of all application materials to their online application. Please note that this allows us to begin reviewing your application but does not fulfill the requirements of official documentation.

  • Upload each document as a separate file (i.e. - do not merge your resume with your transcripts)
  • The preferred PDF file format is Optimized PDF
  • PDF files cannot have a digital signature or password protection
  • USMLE score/a short write up (no more than one page) seeking its waiver
  • Each file must be limited 5MB or less

Questions specific to the online application should be referred to the CollegeNET Help Desk. Please include the following information with your inquiry: User Name, Full Name and Phone Number

Application Fee


The application fee is $65.00 USD. Payment is accepted via debit or credit card. Applicants who hold a US checking account may submit electronic checks to CollegeNET. Please note that application fees are non-refundable.

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 from non-English institutions should follow the international transcript instructions below.

Please upload copies of all transcripts with your online application while you request your official records. Official US transcripts are required of applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts should be mailed to:
University of Miami
Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
1600 NW 10th Ave, Suite 1128-D, M-857
Miami, FL 33136

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).

Chinese transcripts must be submitted with an original verification report in addition to original copies of the transcript and diploma with English translation must be mailed directly by the CDGDC. Contact the China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) at cqv.chinadegrees.cn/cn.

Indian transcripts must be accompanied by ALL marksheets including both fail and pass reports.

Please upload copies of all transcripts with your online application while you request your official records. Official documents must be received before a formal admission offer will be made.

Transcripts should be mailed to:
University of Miami
Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
1600 NW 10th Ave, Suite 1128-D, M-857
Miami, FL 33136

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 5756. The minimum score is 80 iBT or 550 PBT.

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. Your statement of purpose should describe your:

  • Reasons for interest in your application degree
  • Your specific area(s) of research/professional interest
  • Career goals including how you hope to contribute to vision science
  • Reasons for interest in the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine

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. Form letters and recommendations written for medical school applications contribute little to your application and are strongly discouraged.

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