Dentistry (MSD)

Admission Requirements

After acceptance into an Advanced Specialty Certificate Program in Endodontics, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics or Prosthodontics.

Applications are not processed until the application fee is received and all required application materials have been received by the Graduate School, Graduate Admissions.

Admission Credentials

  • Graduate Application submitted to the Graduate School
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts of all college coursework, including evidence of a baccalaureate degree.  The minimum grade point average that will be considered for unconditional acceptance and admission is GPA 3.0 (on a 4-point scale). Applicants with DMD degrees from dental schools that do not provide grades are still eligible to apply.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL, Duolingo or IELTS scores are required if English is not the applicant's native language.  The minimum acceptable proficiency scores are as follows: TOEFL (80), Duolingo (105) and IELTS (6.5).
  • For international applicants, Official Course-by-Course Evaluation Report from ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.),
  • Any provisional or special conditions acceptances shall be made on an individual basis and shall require a statement of the rationale for the exception, plans for monitoring progress and performance and stated success criteria. Such justification must be made in writing and must be accepted by the Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs. This will allow consideration of special circumstances in which the potential for high quality graduate performance has been clearly demonstrated by other means.

Program Requirements

All of the specialty programs will require eleven (11) credit hours in the following courses:

MSD Core Coursework

OIID 501Biomedical Data Analysis: Experimental Design and Statistics3
OIID 601Introduction to Oral Biology Research2
OIID 606Oral Biology Communication2
OBIO 617Advanced Oral Pathology1
OBIO 622Multiple-Disciplinary Seminars1
ASNB 675Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy2

MSD Electives

All of the specialty programs are also required to take at least eight (8) credits hours from the following list of electives:
Oral Immunology and Infectious Diseases Electives
OIID 600Concepts in Oral Immunology2
OIID 604Oral Microbiology3
OIID 605Oral Health Seminars0.5
OIID 610Advanced Topics in Oral Biology 11-4
Oral Biology Electives
OBIO 611Craniofacial Osteology1-3
OBIO 612Craniomaxillofacial Diagnostic Imaging2-4
OBIO 613The Diagnosis & Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders1
OBIO 614Advanced Oral Diagnosis and Oral Medicine1
OBIO 615Advanced Clinical Pharmacology1
OBIO 616Overview of Medical Genetics in Oro-Facial Disease1.5
OBIO 623Advanced Implantology1


In addition to these 19 credit hours, each postgraduate student/resident will complete a research project that will be supervised by the specialty program director or a designated faculty member.

OIID 619Graduate Research1-8
OIID 620Thesis1-8
Total Minimum Hours31

In addition to the completion of the core curriculum and the postgraduate research project, there are didactic and clinical courses required for the completion of the necessary hours needed for each certificate (see Overview tab). 


Prerequisite: OIID 600 or consent of instructor. Selected areas will be investigated in depth, using one or more of a variety of formats, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, and research projects.