MS in Oral Sciences

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Transcripts of all undergraduate and postbaccalaureate work must be submitted. In addition to Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Baccalaureate Field BS, BA, or equivalent degree. Prior academic course work should include anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology, physics, and other related sciences.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of undergraduate and all postgraduate study.
  • Tests Required If the applicant has not taken the DAT, ADAT,  MCAT or National Dental Board Examinations (NBDE or INBDE) , the GRE General test with a score in the upper 50th percentile is required.  DAT or National Dental Boards will be accepted for those admitted into an Advanced Specialty/Residency program at the College of Dentistry.a
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Test); 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21 (revised Paper-Delivered Test), OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Letter of Recommendation Required. From a practicing clinician and/or research mentor.
  • Personal Statement Required. The statement should include a brief summary describing the applicant’s career goals, area of interest, purpose, and desired discipline of study.

The upcoming admission cycle will be test optional.

Degree Requirements

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 32 semester hours as specified below.
  • Course Work
Course Title
Required Core Courses
Structure, Organization, and Regulation of Dental Healthcare and Research
Molecular Basis of Oral Diseases and Relationship to Systemic Health
Developmental, Structural, and Functional Craniofacial Biology
Wound Healing and Regenerative Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Seminar
Additional Requirements
Essentials for Animal Research (if research involves animals)
6 semester hours of selective courses are required for students in Capstone Project Track in order to reach 32 hours
  • Comprehensive Examination None.
  • Thesis, Project, or Course-Work-Only Options Thesis and Capstone Project options.
    • Thesis: Students must earn a minimum of 12 semester hours in OSCI 598; additional hours beyond 12 will not be applied toward degree requirements.
    • Project: Students must earn a minimum of 6 semester hours in OSCI 597; additional hours beyond 6 will not be applied toward degree requirements.