Oral Sciences, MS

This unique program is designed to complement clinical specialty programs, with a curriculum designed so students can participate in this Master’s program as well as the clinical programs.

Fall 2018 Enrollment

Applications will be accepted from June 15, 2017 - February 1, 2018

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About the Program

The Oral Sciences Program is an academic, research-oriented graduate program. Its overall design is to provide background, expertise and current concepts of basic sciences as related to dental research and oral and craniofacial biology. The program does not include clinical training. Thus, enrollment implies a commitment to learn about and to engage in research, although the research required by the program may include clinical research. This program leads to the Master of Science (MS) degree. It is conducted by the School of Dental Medicine under the sponsorship of the Graduate School of the University at Buffalo. The MS degree is awarded by the University upon recommenda­tion of the Graduate School after certification by the Oral Sciences Program that all requirements for the degree have been completed. 

Length of Study

The program typically takes about two years to complete, but additional time must be allocated if the degree is pursued in conjunction with a clinical specialty program.

Faculty

The Oral Sciences Program involves a group of faculty from several depart­ments of the School of Dental Medicine, all of whom are members of the faculty of the Graduate School. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the faculty, a wide range of research interests are represented which affords students the opportunity to engage in research that is especially suited to their individual interests, abilities, and career goals. Students may choose to pursue research from many different areas, including biological, clinical, and behavioral studies. The research opportunities are numerous and roughly represented by the faculty interests described in the Faculty Interests document.

Sebastiano Andreana

Associate Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

215 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862

Email: andrean@buffalo.edu

Robert Baier

Professor

Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences

355 Squire Hall, 110 Parker Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3560

Email: baier@buffalo.edu

Sebastian Ciancio

Distinguished Service Professor and Chairman

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3848

Email: ciancio@buffalo.edu

Robert Cohen

Professor

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3845

Email: rcohen@buffalo.edu

Heidi Crow

Associate Professor & Department Chair

Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences

355 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3555

Email: hccrow@buffalo.edu

Elaine Davis

Professor

Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences

355 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3726

Email: eldavis@buffalo.edu

Rosemary Dziak PhD

Professor

Department of Oral Biology

Foster Hall Room 320 3435 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716)829-3827; Fax: (716) 829-3942

Email: rdziak@acsu.buffalo.edu

Mira Edgerton PhD, DDS

Research Professor

Oral Biology; Prosthodontics

310 Foster Hall Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-3067; Fax: (716) 829-3942

Email: edgerto@buffalo.edu

Yoly Gonzalez-Stucker

Associate Professor

Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences

355 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3551

Email: ymg@buffalo.edu

Violet Haraszthy

Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

215J Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862

Email: vh1@buffalo.edu

Jason Kay PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Oral Biology

B10A Foster Hall 3435 Main Street

Phone: (716) 829-2073; Fax: (716) 829-2387

Email: jasonkay@buffalo.edu

Hyeongil Kim

Associate Professor/Director PG Pros Program

Department of Restorative Dentistry

215G Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862

Email: hik@buffalo.edu

Jill Kramer PhD, DDS

Assistant Professor

Department of Oral Biology

3435 Main Street 211 Foster Hall

Phone: 716-829-2551; Fax: 716-829-3842

Email: jkramer@buffalo.edu

Chunhao (Chris) Li

Professor

Department of Oral Biology

304B Foster Hall Oral Biology 3435 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14214-8031

Phone: 716-829-6014; Fax: 716-829-6014

Email: cli9@buffalo.edu

Abhiram Maddi DDS PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Periodontics And Endodontics

250B Squire Hall, Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-6182; Fax: (716) 829-6840

Email: amaddi@buffalo.edu

Thomas Mang

Research Associate Professor

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

112 Squire Hall, Buffalo NY

Phone: (716) 829-6230

Email: tsmang@buffalo.edu

W.D. (Scott) McCall Jr.

Professor

Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences

355 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3559

Email: wdmccall@buffalo.edu

Anne Meyer

Research Associate Professor; Associate Dean For Research, Office of the Dean

Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences

355 Squire Hall, 110 Parker Hall

Phone: (716) 829-6244

Email: aemeyer@buffalo.edu

Richard Ohrbach

Professor

Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences

355 Squire Hall School of Dental Medicine University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-3590

Email: ohrbach@buffalo.edu

Dana Keblawi

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

225E Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862

Email: dqeblawi@buffalo.edu

Rose-Anne Romano PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Oral Biology

210 Foster Hall Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-3665

Email: rromano2@buffalo.edu

Stefan Ruhl DDS, PhD

Professor

Department of Oral Biology

213A Foster Hall Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-6073; Fax: (716) 829-3942

Email: shruhl@buffalo.edu

Camila Sabatini

Associate Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

215H Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862

Email: cs252@buffalo.edu

Frank Scannapieco DMD, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Faculty and Professional Development, School of Dental Medicine; Professor and Chair

Department of Oral Biology

116 & 109 Foster Hall Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-2854; Fax: (716) 829-3373

Email: fas1@buffalo.edu

Ashu Sharma PhD

Professor

Department of Oral Biology

Foster Hall Room 311 3435 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-2759; Fax: (716) 829-3942

Email: sharmaa@buffalo.edu

Othman Shibly

Clinical Professor

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3845

Email: shibly@buffalo.edu

Meg Vickerman

Professor

Department of Oral Biology

223A Foster Hall Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-2195; Fax: (716) 837-7623

Email: mmv4@buffalo.edu

Michelle Visser PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Oral Biology

3435 Main Street Foster Hall 320A Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-3943

Email: mbvisser@buffalo.edu

Ding Xu PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Oral Biology

109 Foster Hall Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-3509

Email: dingxu@buffalo.edu

Program Requirements

Students are required to enroll in required core courses as well as elective ones, to complete an original research project, and to write and orally defend a master’s thesis.

A minimum of 30 credit hours of course work, including the satisfactory completion of a written thesis based on independent research, are required for the MS degree.

All students must take the program’s required courses. Exemptions or substitutions may be granted by the program director only upon written request from the student based upon valid academic justification. The program director will inform the Graduate School of these substitutions. Each student may take credit hours of elective course work, usually related to the student’s area of research. Elective courses must be chosen after consultation with the student’s major professor and graduate committee.

Curriculum

The program is an academic research-oriented graduate program; it is completely independent from the clinical specialty programs offered by the school, and therefore does not include clinical training. The didactic curriculum of the Master’s program in Oral Sciences may not necessarily be directly related to a clinical setting. Rather, the overall design of the program is to provide background, expertise and current concepts of basic sciences as related to dental research and oral biology.

The program is designed to complement several of the clinical specialty programs for those individuals who wish to pursue both. Many students in the program are also in clinical residencies such as periodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics, oral pathology and others.

Estimated Expenses

The program does not have any resources to support students. However, some participating faculty have research grants and may be interested in supporting students. Interested students should contact the faculty directly.

Students in the MS program pay tuition and fees applicable to Graduate (not dental) students.

Program Policies and Guidelines

The University’s Graduate Education Policies apply to all students enrolled in the Oral Sciences Program. They are compatible with those of the University at Buffalo’s Graduate School.

A complete description of Graduate School policies may be obtained from the Graduate School:

549 Capen Hall, Amherst Campus / (716) 645- 2939

All prospective and enrolled Oral Sciences graduate students must thoroughly review these Graduate Education Policies and retain them for future reference.

Application Information

Fall 2018 Applicants — Important Dates

Step Date(s)
Applications Accepted June 15, 2017 - February 1, 2018

How to Apply

To apply, please submit all documents listed below on-line in GRADMIT. Your application will not be complete until these items have been received and you have submitted your application for formal review.

Questions?

If you have questions about the application process, please contact:

Ms. Kristin Yager
Advanced Education Admissions Coordinator
(716) 829-2839
sdmpg@buffalo.edu

Required (All Applicants)

1. The On-line Application

  • Please complete all questions on the application completely and accurately.
  • You must complete the International On-Line Application if you are an international student who is not an immigrant, regardless of where you graduated from dental school; check the box for "International Applicant" after selecting degree program on the Interactive Graduate Application Site (GRADMIT)
  • You must complete the Domestic On-Line Application if you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., regardless of where you graduated from dental school

2. $50.00 non-refundable application fee paid on UBePay

  • Once you have submitted your online application for formal review, you will be able to pay the application fee by credit/debit card only. Your application cannot be reviewed until the fee has been paid. Please note that the $50 application fee is non-refundable.

3. CV / Resume

4. Letters of Recommendation

  • Two letters of recommendation and a Dean's letter (if graduated from a US or Canadian dental school), otherwise three letters of recommendation.
  • Recommendation letters must be uploaded electronically:
  • In the recommendation section of this online application, you submit three referees with their email addresses. They will receive an email notification to electronically submit an online recommendation only after you submit your application for formal review.

5. Unofficial transcripts from EVERY college/university attended

  • If you are accepted into the program you will be asked to submit original transcripts with proper signatures, seals or stamps. Academic documents that are not in English must be accompanied by an exact, certified translation. International applicants please include copy of certificate with proof of degree.

Additional Requirements — International Applicants

In addition to the requirements listed above, please submit the following:

1. Unofficial TOEFL Score Report That Meets Requirements

TOEFL score report must be at or above minimum of 550 (written) / 213 (computer based) / 79 (internet based) or better obtained within eighteen months of the application deadline.

  •  If you are accepted into the program you will be asked to submit original TOEFL score reports.

2. UB Financial Form / Bank Documents

  • All International applicants must complete and upload to their application the UB financial form documenting all the sources of your financial support with the sponsor's signature. Official supporting documentation as outlined in the instructions must also be uploaded.
  • Official financial documents verifying scholarship support from your government if applicable. Upload in the Bank Documents section.
  • No certificate of eligibility will be issued without satisfactory financial documentation. Financial documentation is required for visa issuance only-documentation may be submitted after acceptance but I-20 documentation cannot be issued without it.

3. Photocopy of Passport Biographical Page

4. Photocopy of Your Current I-20 AND the F-1 Visa Stamp in Your Passport if You Are Currently an F-1 Student

* All documents become property of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and are not returnable to the applicant.

Questions?

Kristin Yager

Advanced Education Admissions Coordinator

Phone: (716) 829-6927

Email: sdmpg@buffalo.edu

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