Oral Health Sciences, M.S.

The M.S. in Oral Health Sciences program is designed to meet the needs of those who wish to pursue an advanced science degree. This flexible program allows students to choose either to survey a range of oral health disciplines or to pursue an interest in one particular discipline. Students may pursue a Clinical Specialty Track, a Clinical Internship Track, or a Non-Clinical Track. Each track requires completion of 30 credits of coursework, with an emphasis on completing a scholarly work that demonstrates mastery of the scientific method and creation of new knowledge.

The M.S. in Oral Health Sciences provides advanced education on the structure, development, and function of oral tissues, their interrelationships, and their relation to other organ systems in both health and disease. Emphasis is on gaining advanced understanding of oral and craniofacial structures and their function in health and disease, as well as application of modern biological principles and research techniques in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of oral and craniofacial diseases and anomalies.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years (maximum), 30 total credit hours.

Campus Location: Health Sciences Center.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: Students not enrolled in an advanced training certificate program may choose to complete the MSc degree either full or part-time. Students enrolled in an advanced training certificate program are full-time

Interdisciplinary Study: Having both a Clinical Internship track, and a Non-Clinical track is a major strength of the Oral Health Sciences MSc program, where students not enrolled in a specialty certificate program are able to choose from course offerings across all dental specialty programs and disciplines at TUKSoD. The curriculum of the Oral Health Sciences MSc program is inherently interdisciplinary and crosses traditional department boundaries of basic biomedical sciences, such as Anatomy, Microbiology, Pharmacology, and Physiology.

Job Prospects: Graduates of the M.S. in Oral Health Sciences degree program may be engaged in academic teaching and research careers, private clinical patient care, and industry-related oral health activities.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Coursework may not be taken on a non-matriculated basis.

Financing Opportunities: Contact the Office of Graduate Education in the Kornberg School of Dentistry for information.


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Mailing Address for Application Materials:
Oral Health Sciences Graduate Program
Kornberg School of Dentistry Office of Graduate Education
ATTN:  Matthew Schillizzi
3223 N. Broad Street (600-00)
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Department Contacts:
Matthew Schillizzi M.Ed.
Manager, Graduate Programs

Louis DiPede, DMD, FACP
Associate Dean for Graduate Education