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 2024 Enrollment

Applications will be accepted June 1 - April 1, 2024.

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General Admissions Requirements

The University sets general admissions requirements for graduate study.  These include letters of recommendation; a minimum undergraduate GPA; and demonstration of English Language proficiency for international applicants. Please refer to the General Admissions Requirements page for full details.

Program-specific requirements are described on this page.

About the Program

The Oral Sciences graduate program is an academic, research-oriented program that leads to the Master of Science (MS) degree.  The overall goal is to provide background, expertise and current concepts of basic sciences as related to dental research in oral and craniofacial biology. 

Students may pursue the traditional master's program or consider the other options described below. 

  • Dual-Enrollment  |  Students in the program may pursue dual-enrollment in a clinical specialty program and complete the master's program in conjunction with their advanced certificate program.  The dual-enrollment option is available for trained dentists.  A separate application is required for each program of interest.
  • Enhanced pre-professional curriculum track  |  This track is available to students and is primarily for non-dentists who wish to apply to professional school (e.g. dental school) after completion of the MS program.  The enhanced curriculum allows students in good standing to enroll in a limited number of basic science dental school courses.  NOTE: The track is not intended for applicants who already hold a DDS, BDS, or equivalent Doctoral Dental degree, and/or who are applying to a clinical specialty program; clinical applicants will not be considered for the enhanced curriculum track except under extraordinary conditions by contacting the program director.
  • 5-year MS/DDS track  |  This unique option is available to prospective students with an active DDS waitlist offer.  The opportunity is designed for individuals with an interest in research.  Candidates must be on the current DDS waitlist and submit an application to the MS program to be considered.  Students are accepted to the MS program with a provisional acceptance to the DDS program.  During the first year, students enroll in a limited number of basic science dental school courses alongside the master's courses. The following year, individuals begin the DDS program as first-year dental students provided that they satisfy certain minimum academic requirements.  Students continue research over the summer and finish the MS research component during their second year of studies.  Dental school course enrollments from the first year are waived during year two, freeing up time during the academic year for students to complete the master's thesis.

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

Application Information

Fall 2024 Applicants

Step Date(s)
Applications Accepted June 1, 2023 - April 1, 2024


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