Oral Sciences, MS

This unique program caters to individuals interested in various scientific and research aspects of oral and craniofacial biology.   Students in the program may be traditional bachelor’s graduates, dentists enrolled in clinical specialties, or individuals interested in enhancing their application to professional school.

Fall 2019 Enrollment

Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2019.

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About the Program

The Oral Sciences graduate program is an academic, research-oriented program that leads to the Master of Science (MS) degree.  Its overall goal is to provide background, expertise and current concepts of basic sciences as related to dental research in oral and craniofacial biology. Students in the program may also be independently enrolled in a clinical specialty and complete the program in conjunction with such specialty.

An enhanced pre-professional curriculum is also available to students who wish to apply to  professional school (e.g. Dental School) after completion of the program. Such enhanced curriculum allows students in good standing to enroll in a limited number of basic science dental school courses.

Although the Oral Sciences program is full-time by design, students may be allowed to complete the program on a part-time basis under certain circumstances.

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.

andreana

Sebastiano Andreana

Associate Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

215 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862

Email: andrean@buffalo.edu

baier

Robert Baier

Professor

Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences

355 Squire Hall, 110 Parker Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3560

Email: baier@buffalo.edu

Joseph P. Breloff

Clinical Instructor

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3845

Email: Breloff, Joseph

ciancio

Sebastian Ciancio

Distinguished Service Professor and Chairman

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250E Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3848

Email: ciancio@buffalo.edu

cohen

Robert Cohen

Professor

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250F Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3845

Email: rcohen@buffalo.edu

hcrow

Heidi Crow

Associate Professor & Department Chair

Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences

355 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3555

Email: hccrow@buffalo.edu

edavis

Elaine Davis

Professor

Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences

355 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3726

Email: eldavis@buffalo.edu

dziak

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

edgerton

Mira Edgerton, DDS, PhD

Research Professor

Oral Biology; Prosthodontics

310 Foster Hall Buffalo, NY 14214

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

Email: edgerto@buffalo.edu

yolygonz

Yoly Gonzalez-Stucker

Associate Professor

Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences

355 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3551

Email: ymg@buffalo.edu

violet

Violet Haraszthy

Interim Chair, Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

215J Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862

Email: vh1@buffalo.edu

"jason kay"

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

hkim

Hyeongil Kim

Associate Professor/Director PG Pros Program

Department of Restorative Dentistry

215G Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862

Email: hik@buffalo.edu

jkramer

Jill Kramer, DDS, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Oral Biology

3435 Main Street 211 Foster Hall

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

Email: jkramer@buffalo.edu

Chunli

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

amaddi

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

Mang

Thomas Mang

Research Associate Professor

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

112 Squire Hall, Buffalo NY

Phone: (716) 829-6230

Email: tsmang@buffalo.edu

Mccall

W.D. (Scott) McCall Jr.

Professor

Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences

355 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3559

Email: wdmccall@buffalo.edu

aemeyer

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

rohrbach

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

keblawi

Dana Keblawi

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

225E Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862

Email: dqeblawi@buffalo.edu

"rose-anne romano"

Rose-Anne Romano, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Oral Biology

210 Foster Hall Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-3665

Email: rromano2@buffalo.edu

shruhl

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

camilla

Camila Sabatini

Associate Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

215H Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862

Email: cs252@buffalo.edu

fscannapieco

Frank Scannapieco, DMD, PhD

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

sharma

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

shibly

Othman Shibly

Clinical Professor

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250E Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3845

Email: shibly@buffalo.edu

Meg Vickerman, DDS, PhD

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"

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"

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

This is a research-oriented degree program and does not include clinical training.  As such, the didactic curriculum of the Master’s program in Oral Sciences may not necessarily be directly related to a clinical setting.  The overall design of the program is to provide background, expertise and current concepts of basic sciences related to dental research and oral biology.

Due to the nature of the topics covered by the curriculum, students are often simultaneously enrolled in an advanced dental education clinical certificate program which complements their knowledge base.  In addition, the enhanced curriculum allows students to take some courses alongside first year students in our DDS program. The scope of the enhanced curriculum is to prepare prospective dental school applicants in strengthening their application.  

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 2019 Applicants — Important Dates

Step Date(s)
Applications Accepted June 15, 2018 - March 1, 2019

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:

Advanced Education Admissions 
(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?

Frequently Asked Questions for Oral Sciences

Frequently asked questions

Is the Oral Sciences Program limited to applicants with a DDS/DMD/BDS degree?

            No; while most of the applicants DO have such degree and are usually also enrolled in a dental clinical specialty, applicants with a traditional Bachelor degree are also allowed to apply.

 

How long does the program take?

            It depends whether the enrollee is also enrolled in a clinical specialty. A student enrolled only in the Master Program usually takes about two years to complete the program, while clinical residents, because of their clinical obligations, usually take 3-4 years.

 

Does the Program require the GRE?

            No; traditionally the program has not required the GRE.

 

What are the minimum requirements to apply to the program?

            A Bachelor degree is the minimal degree required of an applicant. In addition, the Graduate School also required a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for all graduate programs, although a competitive academic record is one of the factors that are considered in the selection of an applicant. In exceptional circumstances, the Graduate School will accept a GPA slightly below a 3.0; but this is rarely done, and under extraordinary conditions.

 

Will the Master Program in Oral Sciences help me get an acceptance to Dental School?

            The Master program and the DDS program are totally independent programs, so there is no assurance that completing the Master Program will guarantee acceptance in the DDS one. As for any Master Program, the Oral Sciences one may make someone more competitive for ANY dental school and, indeed, many of our graduates have continued onto the DDS program. In addition, the Master Program allows its student to enroll in some of the dental school basic sciences courses (which are also open to graduate students); these courses would be waived in the first year od dental school, should one of our student be accepted into the DDS program.

 

Will the Master Program provide any clinical training?

            No. The Oral Sciences Program is an academic research-oriented graduate program; your enrollment implies a commitment to learn about and to engage in research.  This means that 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. Your research project MAY involved clinical studies, but the overall scope of the research project is to concentrate on research design, experimental methods, and basic science.

 

What are the areas of research that the program provides?

            Being a multidisciplinary program not affiliated with any particular department, the research areas are numerous and varied. Some examples are, immunology and host response, microbiology, biochemistry, salivary-bacterial interactions, biofilms, bone physiology, autoimmunity, physiology of pain, temporomandibular disorders, epidemiological studies, biomaterials, and lasers, to name some.

 

How soon can I start my research project?

            No deadline is fixed for this. Traditionally, students connect with a potential research mentor after the first semester of classes; however, if a student has agreed to start with a research mentor right from the beginning, this is possible.

 

Will the Program provide financial assistance?

            No. The Oral Sciences Program does not provide funds for student financial support via stipends, fellowships, assistantships, tuition waivers, or any other form of support. The Oral Sciences Program will provide the necessary courses and research training to fulfill the Master Degree’s requirements.  The students are expected to be responsible for tuition, fees, and all other expenses required by the University for graduate students enrolled in a Master Program. 

Advanced Ed

Advanced Education Admissions

Phone: 716-829-6927; Fax: 716-829-2731

Email: sdmpg@buffalo.edu

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