Pre-Optometry Studies


The School of Optometry at the University of Waterloo offers a four-year professional program leading to the Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree.


Graduates enter into a wide range of positions spanning private and public sectors, non-profit organizations and self-employment. Positions include: project coordinator, researcher, public relations specialist, manager, communications specialist, teacher, marketing specialist, adjuster, and counsellor.

Admission Requirements

Applications to the program are accepted from candidates who have met the following criteria:

  • A minimum overall university science average of 75%
  • The science average is the overall average of all courses taken while registered in a faculty of science
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada status held for at least 12 months prior to the registration day of the fall term

Next Steps

Pre-Optometry students are strongly advised to consult the University of Waterloo School of Optometry website to verify admission requirements.

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Canadian Students

Tuition & Fees

Cost for this program per semester:

  • Canadian
  • International
Choose the number of courses:
Tuition $0.00
Fees $0.00
Books and supplies
Typically about $150 per course
Total (CDN) $0.00

Does not include a lab fee of $21.71 that may apply to some courses.

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