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External Degrees

Master of Public Health at the University of Memphis

SCO and the University of Memphis have an affiliation agreement that allows students to simultaneously pursue a Doctor of Optometry degree from SCO and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Memphis. Students must be  accepted to SCO before beginning the MPH program, but can actually enroll in coursework before beginning classes at SCO. Other admissions requirements include at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or a 3.5 or higher in the major subject area. The MPH degree requires 42 semester hours, but 9 of those can be transferred from SCO. More information is available through the SCO Admissions Office or the School of Public Health at the university. The MPH degree is granted by and administered solely by the University of Memphis.


Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management at Christian Brothers University

Christian Brothers University (CBU) offers a 35-hour course of study leading to the Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management (HCMBA). For students interested in working towards this degree while in optometry school, CBU has agreed to accept 9 hours of transfer credit in practice management coursework towards this degree. Students apply to the program after enrolling at SCO. Students in the HCMBA will attend classes one night per week for eight week periods. For more information about this program, go to The HCMBA degree is granted by and administered solely by Christian Brothers University.