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.
The application cycle will open June 15, 2018.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Applications Accepted||June 15, 2018 - February 1, 2019|
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.
In addition to the requirements listed above, please submit the following:
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.