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.
Applications will be accepted June 1 - April 1, 2024.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Details about the Cost of Attendance are available on the Advanced Education overview page.
Financial support is not available from the Oral Sciences Graduate Program. Students are expected to have their own financial resources to pay for program. The University's Office of Financial Aid can provide information regarding types of available aid including loans.
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 1, 2023 - April 1, 2024|
To apply, please submit all documents listed below. 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 provide the following information on the ADEA PASS Application:
International applicants must report a TOEFL score (79+) obtained within eighteen months of the application deadline; unoffocial score reports are sufficient.
NOTE: An official score report is not required; please do not send directly to the school.
Upon acceptance into the program, you will be asked to submit a copy of your passport along with financial documents. F1 and I-20 documents will also be requested, as applicable.
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