Oral Sciences M.S.

Department of Oral Biology
210 Foster Hall
Buffalo, New York 14214-3008

Ernesto De Nardin, Ph.D., Professor and Program Director

Fall 2016 Applications must be received before or on February 1, 2016

This graduate program leads to the Master of Science (M.S.) degree. It is conducted by the School of Dental Medicine under the sponsorship of the Graduate School of the State University of New York at Buffalo. The M.S. 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.

The Oral Sciences Program in the School of Dental Medicine provides an opportunity for scholarship in areas that are particularly relevant to oral health and disease. 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. 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.

The Oral Sciences Program is an academic research-oriented graduate program; it is completely independent from the clinical specialty programs offered by the school, and, thus, 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. A minimum of 30 credit hours of course work, including the satisfactory completion of a written thesis based on independent research, is required for the M.S. degree.

Examples of required courses include: Oral Microbial Ecology; Dynamics of Bone; Physiology of Pain; Oral Immunology; Biomaterials; Research Seminars in Oral Sciences; Research Design; Biochemistry and Genetics of Oral Diseases; and Statistical Methods. Elective courses are usually selected upon discussion with the student’s graduate committee, and typically cover the area of research that is pertinent to the student's thesis work.

The Oral Sciences Program involves a group of faculty from several departĀ­ments 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 interest shown below.

Students in the Oral Sciences program include full- and part-time students usually with, but occasionally without, a professional dental degree. Some pursue the master's degree in conjunction with a clinical specialty program on a full-time basis. Many graduates have established full-time academic careers here, in other areas of the United States, and in many foreign countries.

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.

Oral Sciences Program Estimated Expenses

To apply for the Oral Sciences MS program 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.

1. On-line Application - Apply Now

  • Please Note: Non-immigrants must complete the International On-line Application; check the box for "International Applicant" after selecting degree program on the Interactive Graduate Application Site (GRADMIT)
  • Please complete all questions on the application completely and accurately.

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. 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  - Unofficial Course-By-Course Evaluation conducted by ECE (Educational Credential Evaluation)
International Applicants (in addition to the requirements listed above):

6. Unofficial TOEFL Score Report 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.

7. UB Financial Form / Financial Scholarship or 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 goverment- upload in 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.

8. Photocopy of passport biographical page

9. 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.

If you have questions regarding the application process please contact:
Ms. Kristin Yager, Advanced Education Admissions Coordinator, Telephone: (716) 829-2839, E-mail sdmpg@buffalo.edu


Graduate Faculty and Research Interests

Alfredo Aguirre: Sialochemical and immunocytochemical aspects of human salivary glands

Robert E. Baier: surface chemistry, adhesion of biomaterials

Libuse A. Bobek: molecular biology of human salivary proteins and glycoproteins: structure-function relationship of cystatins and histatins; structure and regulation of apomucin genes

Moon-Il Cho: cell biology of periodontal ligament fibroblasts, periodontal regeneration

Sebastian Ciancio: chemical dental pharmacology

Robert E. Cohen: tumor biology of salivary gland and oral tissues, immunochemistry of salivary glycoproteins

Elaine Davis: psychologic aspects of stress and health, bond strength, micro-leakage of dentin bonding systems

Ernesto De Nardin: structural and functional characterization of phagocyte surface receptors, neutrophil response and activation in inflammation and disease, neutrophil-bacterial interactions, systemic effects of oral infections

Rosemary Dziak:cellular mechanisms of bone resorption, regulation of calcium transport and intracellular mediators

Mira Edgerton: oral candidiasis, innate immunity and anti-microbial mechanisms

Richard T. Evans:bacterial antigens, secretory immunoglobulins, bacterial adherence

Sarah Gaffen: Cytokines, chemokines and related receptors, transmembrane signaling.

Robert Genco: Systemic effects of periodontal disease, inflammation and cardiovascular disease

Louis J. Goldberg: rhythmic jaw motion, neuroscience

Richard E. Hall: temporo-mandibular disorders, oral surgery

Willard D. McCall, Jr.: bioengineering, neuromuscular physiology, pain research

Anne Meyer: surface science and biocompatibility

Richard Ohrbach: Neurophysiology of pain, tempomandibular disorders

Frank Scannapieco: roles of salivary molecules in the adhesion of oral bacteria to model host surfaces

Robert E. Schifferle: study of polysaccharide and lipopolysaccharide antigens from bacterial species associated with periodontal disease

Ashu Sharma: Bacterial pathogenesis and host response, bacterial genomics