Oral Biology (MS)


Admission Requirements

Information about application process is available on the Oral Biology program website.

Graduate application for the program is online. There is a non-refundable application fee. Applications are not processed until the application fee is received and all required application materials have been received by the Graduate School.

Credentials listed below should be sent to the Graduate School, Graduate Admissions, by the following admission deadlines for complete applications:

June 1 for Fall

Applications that are not complete by the deadline may not be reviewed in time for registration.

Students currently enrolled in the DMD degree program who wish to also apply to the MS degree in Oral Biology program should meet with the Program Director or Director of Student Affairs to determine a timeline for making an application.

Admission Credentials

(See Oral Biology Program Guide)

  • Graduate Application and application fee
  • Transcripts of all college coursework, including evidence of a baccalaureate degree
  • Graduate Record Examination scores or acceptable scores on the DAT or National Boards Dental Exam (NBDE)
  • Three letters of recommendation which document your research experience or academic ability
  • A personal statement of research experience or interest in research, and your career goals
  • TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo English language proficiency scores, if English is not applicant's native language.   
  • Certification of academic credentials with course-by course evaluation (via WES or ECE) for international applicants. 

Program Requirements

The minimum requirement for the MS Oral Biology degree is 30 credit hoursAt least one-half of the credits counting toward the degree (exclusive of thesis) must be in courses open to graduate students only (600 level or above).  

Major Subject Core Courses8
Biomedical Data Analysis: Experimental Design and Statistics
Introduction to Oral Biology Research
Oral Health Seminars (2 semesters, 0.5 credit hours each)
Oral Biology Communication 1
Major Subject Selective Courses (see list below)7-8
Thesis Research Requirements14-15
Graduate Research (minimum of 8 credit hours required)
Thesis (minimum of 6 credit hours required)
Minimum Total Hours30

Major Subject Selective Courses

In addition to the list below, courses may be chosen from any 600-level courses offered by the University of Louisville that are deemed to be relevant and applicable to the student's program of study and thesis research, with approval by the student's thesis advisor/director and the Program Director.

OIID 600Concepts in Oral Immunology2
OIID 604Oral Microbiology3
OIID 610Advanced Topics in Oral Biology 21-4
OBIO 611Craniofacial Osteology1-3
OBIO 612Craniomaxillofacial Diagnostic Imaging2-4
OBIO 613The Diagnosis & Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders1
OBIO 614Advanced Oral Diagnosis and Oral Medicine 21
OBIO 615Advanced Clinical Pharmacology 21
OBIO 616Overview of Medical Genetics in Oro-Facial Disease 31.5
OBIO 617Advanced Oral Pathology 21
BIOC 668Molecular Biology 24

Prerequisite: OIID 601 Introduction to Oral Biology Research 


Requires course director approval. Graduate-level clinical courses may require DMD or equivalent.


Course provided every second year.