Dental Science

Master of Science in Dental Science

The Master of Science in Dental Science (MSDS) Program is directed toward providing extensive training and development of well-trained clinicians, leading edge critical thinkers in evidence-based decision making with the education and background in basic scientific and clinical research methodology. The interdisciplinary education across dental specialties supports a high level, postdoctoral professional education environment.

The MSDS Program is supported by the School of Dentistry and the degree is conferred by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  This Program is open only to students who have been accepted into, and continue in good standing in, a Health Science Center Certificate Program in either Advanced Education in General Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Endodontics, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, or Prosthodontics. 

Each MSDS student follows a Plan of Study consisting of both  (a) a Core curriculum common to all MSDS students, and (b) a Track-specific curriculum tailored to the student's clinical discipline.  The MSDS courses and Certificate courses are integrated throughout the Plan of Study.  Therefore, in those Tracks in which the MSDS is offered as an option, students should notify their Program Director, upon acceptance into the Certificate Program, of their intention to pursue the MSDS.

Upon successful completion of the MSDS Program, the student will be able to:

  • Apply fundamentals of scientific inquiry through development of a research question.
  • Apply research methodology through management of a research protocol, data collection, and data analysis.
  • Apply skills in review of the scientific literature to synthesize a concept based on best available evidence.
  • Interpret basic statistical analyses in scientific literature and in protocol design
  • Defend and discuss application of research protocol through data interpretation of scientific results.

The Core curriculum consists of  a specific selection of 23 hours from the courses listed below, particular to each Track-specific Plan of Study.  See each participating clinical discipline's Catalog listings for Sample Plans of Study showing the integration of the MSDS with the Certificate curricula. 

Core Curriculum: Master of Science in Dental Science
MSDS 5090Grad Research Methodology2
MSDS 5020Dental Biomed Core 14
MSDS 5121Biostatistics1
MSDS 5021Dental Biomed Core 21
MSDS 5157Research 1- Project Proposal1
MSDS 5257Research 1- Project Proposal2
MSDS 5357Research 1- Project Proposal3
MSDS 6057Research 2 - Data Collection6
MSDS 6357Research 2- Data Collection3
MSDS 6657Research 2- Data Collection6
MSDS 6058Research 3- Data Analysis2
MSDS 6098Thesis4
Required for Core Total23